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BOOK M

Secret Chiefs 3

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.35 | 75 ratings

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AgentSpork
5 stars Book M by Secret Chiefs 3 is an album that deserves to be heard that has, thus far, gone mostly unnoticed on this website (as evidence by the whopping ZERO reviews of this album. Perhaps not everybody's cup of tea, Book M is an absolutely insane mix of genres ranging from surf rock, techno, metal, Arab, Persian, Indian, and anywhere in between.

The album can be classified as avant-garde, but don't let that scare you off; this is not some meandering, nonsensical noodling. There's quite a bit of structure to this album, despite the wide-ranging stylistic influences. The individual songs vary greatly in style, but rather than feeling like a disjointed mess, it manages to pull everything together in a nice neat little package. A lot of the songs on this album segue into each other, which creates some interesting transitions between songs.

Standard progressive rock fans may be a tad bit turned off by this album at first listen due to the heavy use of unconventional rock instruments. Trey Spruance plays a wide variety of instruments on this album, and more often than not his guitar playing will be in the background or nonexistent. Still, if you're willing to be open minded (as all prog fans should be), you might find that this is, indeed, a highly interesting and creative album that's more than worth your time.

AgentSpork | 5/5 |

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