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Time Shift Accident


Review by Gary Hill

This new release is an instrumental album. It has a nice variety of music, never feeling redundant or tired. It's most often in the zone between pure progressive rock and fusion. It's tough to make an instrumental set that can really hold the interest  of the listener from start to finish, but these guys have pulled it off with style.

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Track by Track Review
Cold Case
Fast paced piano starts this. The cut eventually makes its way from there to a smoking hot progressive rock jam. As this instrumental continues it has some intriguing shifts. There are some definite fusion based moments built into it. It's really quite an interesting number that manages to keep it interesting and even surprise from time to time.
Boonar Eclipse
A bit harder rocking, this is another killer instrumental prog tune. It is a bit less dynamic than the opener was, but has plenty of changes nonetheless. It definitely gets into fusion zones at times. In fact, I'm reminded of Al Di Meolo and also Weather Report for quite a bit of this.
Ignalina Forest
The fusion really dominates this one. I dig the bass groove as it opens. There is some killer piano exploration, too. The Di Meola thing is even more of an appropriate reference on this tune.
While this piece is mellower, it has plenty of that fusion thing on hand. It really has a cool groove to it, too.
Damascus Dance
At almost eleven-and-a-half minutes of music, this is the epic of the piece. It starts with a mysterious sounding element. It grows out into some suitably middle-Eastern based stuff to carry it from there. It works through that in rocking fusion zones before dropping way down for a bass-led movement. The cut gets into some metallic territory further down the road. There is also some smoking hot bass work here. This really gets crunchy at times.  We get some cool instrumental work from various instruments throughout the course of this thing.
The keyboards really create a lot of the magic on this tune. It still has a fusion element to it, but overall lands closer to an electronic prog zone. It's a killer tune, either way, though. It also has some great guitar sounds.
Piano starts this and holds it for a time.  Guitar gradually comes in as it explores a jazzy zone. While a more full arrangement is adopted, this is still a bit mellower than some the rest. It has plenty of fusion in the mix, too. There is some killer piano exploration further down the musical road. There is also some scorching hot guitar work further down the road when the cut really gets into more rocking soundscapes.
The Hand of God
There is plenty of rocking sound built into this thing. It's also quite fusion-like. I dig the soaring guitar work on the piece. You can't overlook the bass lines, though. All in all, this has more of that Di Meola vibe. This tune gets pretty hard rocking at times.
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