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Eclectic Prog definition

The term 'eclectic' in the context of progressive rock describes a summation of elements from various musical sources, and the influences and career paths of bands that take from a wide range of genres or styles. While progressive music can be, in a larger sense, eclectic, the 'Eclectic Prog' term is specially meant to reference bands that trespass the boundaries of established Progressive Rock genres or that blend many influences.

Eclectic Prog combines hybrids of style and diversity of theme, promoting many elements from different sources. The Eclectic category recognizes bands that evolved markedly over their career (in a progressive, evolutionary way), or have a plural style without a clear referential core.

The basic features lie within the music's variety, rich influences, art tendencies and classic prog rock elements. Among the representative bands are KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, and GENTLE GIANT.

- written by Ricochet (Victor)

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Eclectic Prog Top Albums


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4.61 | 3668 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.54 | 2885 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.49 | 1747 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 2464 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.42 | 1863 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.35 | 1430 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 1408 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.30 | 1324 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1642 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.32 | 720 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.29 | 1290 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 1277 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.25 | 1282 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.23 | 1200 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.27 | 460 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.27 | 410 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.25 | 361 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.20 | 642 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC - PART TWO
Beardfish
4.16 | 746 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.12 | 1846 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson

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Prat, Jean-Paul
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Seamus

Latest Eclectic Prog Music Reviews


 Kamma by WHALEPHANT album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.08 | 12 ratings

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Kamma
Whalephant Eclectic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Once again I was asked by Nikols, russian├?┬┤s prog scene most enthusiastic promoter, to review a new band from that country. As usually, I was quite curious and eager because I knew it would be something of high caliber, as everything he sent to me generally is. I was not disappointed. Whalephant, with all its complexity, won me over from the first listening. Kamma is the very first release from this oddly named ensemble led by composer, synth player, and artistic director Nikolay Inshakov, and already is a winner. What we have here is a very difficult to label work, mixing several different styles of music with great expertise and delicacy. The result is both original and familiar: a very unlike mix of atmospheric, avant guard, new age, jazz, rock, folk, symphonic prog, heavy guitars, minimalist music and much more. Eclectic prog indeed! What binds it all together is a great sense of melody and balance making the music inside very interesting and pleasant all the way around.

The music is mostly instrumental, but when the vocals come in they work so well you can├?┬┤t really figure it without them. Ekaterina Bakanova (vocals and lyrics) has e very mice voice and a great emotional interpretation that fits very well inside the overall concept fo the CD. It├?┬┤s almost impossible to compare Whalephant to any other group or genre, for the music here is quite unique, with interesting use of diverse instrumentation and arrangements. One song is very different from the other and still they all have a unifying connection that works on the entire album, making a listening to Kamma a very compelling trip, with diverse mood swings and changes, like all prog albums should be. Although it is clear that all the musicians involved are skillful there is no unnecessary displays of virtuosity, neither endless noodling. it├?┬┤s music for music sake: you get the impression that all the notes are right and there, like a masters (musical) painting. There are no weak tracks, and neither are any highlight, for all the tunes are different, but excellent, with impeccable performances of all involved. And everything here gets helped by a state of art production.

If you like more laid back, melodic prog, with strong jazz and ambient music leanings, or good music in general, you cannot miss this one.

Another great find from Russia, with love. Highly recommended!

Rating: 4,5 stars.

 Lilac Garden by POTAPOV, VYACHESLAV album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.32 | 9 ratings

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Lilac Garden
Vyacheslav Potapov Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Lilac Garden is the fourth album by Vyachelav Potapov from Kazakhstan. As always, the cover design by the artist himself is very fine. The VP albums have been released digitally only, though the latest one, Water World (2012) was recently released on disc, as we know from the lengthy review that also described the narrative concept in deep detail.

Everything in VP music is created by Potapov alone. There are several one-man acts whose music is amazingly on the same level as group efforts (perhaps the German artist T being one of the best examples today, and with the charming "Return to Ommadawn" Mike Oldfield reminded us of being the grand master in this field). I don't count VP among them. In general his music is, to me anyway, rather clinical, artificial, cold, emotionless, staring at its own navel so to speak (perhaps too clever for its own good just like the early Roz Vitalis). Occasionally the jazzier moments bring some life, but frankly I get very little out of this album too, the same way as with the other one I've reviewed here. 'Swing for a Battle Iris' and 'Was Born in Flowers' last over 8 minutes and they fail to impress me any more than the shorter ones. Quite the opposite actually. VP uses a lot of digitally made brassy sounds lacking of warmth, and the programmed percussion tastes like computer all the way. From the melodic sense the music is, in all its complexity, circling around like a blind man in a big room.

'Green Pound' has a fresher soundscape concentrating on piano and guitar. The slight meditativeness in the latter half of this track reminds me a bit of the instrumental section in YES's 'Awaken', without reaching the similar spellbinding and catharthic power, needless to say. But in this album it's easily the highlight for me. The brief and relatively minimalistic 'Withering' ends the album nicely. OK, I'm ready to raise my rating from two stars I thought of at first, helped partially by the beautiful cover art. This negatively oriented review is just my own reception, and while it may be useful for you (being the only one this album has received at the moment) remember that you may enjoy VP's music much more than I do. But those of us who appreciate warm, organic playing with acoustic instruments and a more emotional feel to the music are kindly adviced to look elsewhere.

 The Clockwork Universe by THIEVES' KITCHEN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 122 ratings

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The Clockwork Universe
Thieves' Kitchen Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars

Whilst the core line-up of Amy Darby (vocals), Phil Mercy (guitars) and Thomas Johnson (keyboards, ex-'nglag'rd) were still here from the previous album, this 2015 album saw a few changes in the guests. Anna Holmgren (flute, 'nglag'rd) and Paul Mallyon (drums, ex-Sanguine Hum) have now been joined by Johan Brand (bass, 'nglag'rd), and this time there is no trumpet or cello. Although this is a Thieves Kitchen album, it means that of the six involved, half of them recorded the 2012 'nglag'rd album 'Viljans 'ga'. I have heard all of the TK albums, but it was 2008's 'The Water Road' where they made a significant musical leap, which is where Thomas joined the band. 2013's 'One For Sorrow, One For Joy' saw a continuation of that, so what would the 2015 release bring?

The one word that shines throughout this album is quite simple, 'confidence'. Here are a group of musicians who have been working together in one form or another for quite a few years now (Anna was involved as long ago as 'The Water Road' with Amy, Phil and Thomas), and they know what they want to achieve and trust each other implicitly. This is all about producing complex progressive music, but always allowing Amy to shine with strong clear vocals. She is at the forefront of everything they are doing, with everyone else combining to provide a suitable backdrop. This could mean acoustic guitars, or classic organ sounds, complex drumming, striking repetitive bass or clear flute. This is progressive music that can be incredibly complex, or simple almost to an extreme, melodic or discordant, languid or rapid, whatever is the right setting for the arrangement. They can be King Crimson, or Gentle Giant, Renaissance or 'nglag'rd, but first and foremost they will always be Thieves' Kitchen.

This is type of music that got me interested in progressive rock in the first place: I want to hear music that is complex and complicated, where the mind and ears wonder where they are going to be taken to next on a journey of musical adventure and exploration. At the same time, I want it to make total musical sense so that I don't get lost along the way but feel that I am being taken on a circuitous route to ensure that I don't miss any of the wonders that are available. This is yet another stunning album from Thieves' Kitchen, and I can't believe that it has taken me so long to write about it. But, I know that they are currently recording the next one, so hopefully there will be even more to hear soon.

 Sound Dependence by POTAPOV, VYACHESLAV album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.51 | 9 ratings

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Sound Dependence
Vyacheslav Potapov Eclectic Prog

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars This is the debut album of Vyacheslav Potapov from Kazakhstan. The music was written in the 1990s but the album was recoded in 2003. The music here sounds both different from his later albums and almost anyone else. Very original sounding. The main instruments here are drum machine and guitar; the style is avant and spacey with lots of improvisation. In contrast, his later album are more symphonic and/or jazzier with more diverse instrumentation. "Jungle" opens with backwards effects. After a few minutes grows into a groove. Varied vocal sounds follow. Once the singing begins it sounds very weird due to the playback speed and effects put on it. Tempo speeds up towards the end.

"Ant Hill" starts out almost funky sounding. Eventually it settles down into a bass solo on acoustic guitar. Ends with some bluesy guitar playing. "Hydro" is one of the highlights. Starts funky with an almost hip-hop styled beat. Music gets more busy with different acoustic guitars filtered through different effects. About halfway the beat gets faster and louder with blasts of keyboard-like sounds. Shortly after the tempo slows down. "After The Shadow" is upbeat and jazzy with weird sounding effects over toame from the amount of post- production applied to the album. A very good one-man-band project release which sounds uniqp. Gets more subdued sounding and atmospheric. Eventually gets more avant and menacing. Good short guitar solo over halfway.

All the albums of Vyacheslav Potapov are available on Bandcamp. Sonic Dependence got its name from all the post-production applied to the recording. I will give this album 4 stars.

 Water World by POTAPOV, VYACHESLAV album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.17 | 11 ratings

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Water World
Vyacheslav Potapov Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars VYACHESLAV POTAPOV or simply shortened to VP is a one man show from Almaty, Kazakhstan who released a series of albums in the 2000s in his own DIY fashion. WATER WORLD is his sixth release and what a major improvement in terms of both production and compositional finesse. When i say one man show i really mean that. Not only does VP construct all the tracks in his own eccentric style but plays all the instruments. One will hear guitar, bass, piano, drums and other percussion and many forms of sampling. Not only is VP gifted as a musician but is also responsible for his own cover art and this one depicting three green children on lily pads and intricate detail of waterfalls is not only a beautiful vision of the fantasy in the true progressive rock spirit. With WATER WORLD, everything came together and VP not only caught the attention of the prog world for his exquisite compositional and production skills but has been solicited by other artists for album artwork as well. While WATER WORLD is the sixth release of VP, it is the first to be issued on a physical format. The digital album was released in 2012 but the physical copy albeit lagging behind its initial release is finally seeing the light of day in the tender year of 2017.

Despite being a totally instrumental album, WATER WORLD is actually a concept album about two different civilizations on a planet in some far away place. They are known as the Krokuts and the Hunty. While it is impossible to comprehend the story through a mere listening of this sophisticated and dizzying complex music, VP has given me the green light to give his little story behind each track that hopefully will translate the music ideas into the heads of those who aren't music nerds! WATER WORLD is quite the eclectic mix of sounds and honestly is totally unique as i can't think of anything else i've ever heard that is an equivalent. Musically this one is all over the map with jazzy fusionist tendencies that also incorporate symphonic touches, ethnic influences, tribal drumming and absolutely bizarre transitions as one style tends to overlap with others and sometimes change things up quickly. This is music for musicians as the time signatures are so bouncy and ever changing that its practically impossible to predict where any given musical meandering will lead. Overall there is a strong jazz-fusion component in how the tracks are constructed with everything from Weather Report airy passages playing out to more erratic Return To Forever type of craziness but instrumentally speaking this is more of a rock / electronic hybrid with guitar and bass shining through in times of heaviness but ambient and ethereal atmospheres also permeating throughout.

I could have NEVER figured out the storyline by the music alone. It's far too nebulous and only with the tutelage of VP could i ever hope to assemble a sense of meaning to each track. To make this easy i have listed each track with the thematic explanation of VP in his own words. His English is very poor and i left his Google translations intact as not to corrupt the meanings. I explain a bit of the music afterwards.

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FIRST track "Intro (Unusual Island)"

ship was off course and got lost in a thick fog. In the morning when the fog, the sailors saw a miracle-island. In the center of this island stood a giant size lot of trees woven together and resembled a huge castle.

Musically: starts out as ocean sounds. Waves churning, seagulls with a simple piano line providing the musical setup and ends with a crazy guitar entering at the last second and fading out

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SECOND track "Vegetational Town - a: Great & Magnificient"

landed and began to explore unknown lands. All the flora and fauna differed from what they knew before.

Musically: begins the complex time signatures and changes in tempo with a frog croaking in the background. A funky bass line picks up a rhythm and then all prog hell breaks loose with mellotrons providing atmosphere, a jazzy rock with avant-prog touches. The music meanders into very complex arenas. I hear some Steve Howe inspired guitar licks, Zappa-esque jazz-fusion and even Chic Corea style keyboard runs and ultimately ends with crickets chirping in the background.

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THIRD track "Vegetational Town - b: Stem"

the study, the sailors met a miracle of nature - the tree, the stems of which gave off a glowing liquid that flowed on the ground and freezing was a very beautiful crystals. People have greed began to fill the backpacks and pockets of this strange breed. They do not know that for the local inhabitants it was the sacred tree, and exuding a fluid sacred tears of the gods.

Vegetational Town - including: Invasion of the Field Mice Night, when the sailors took a break. During a night's sleep, they are attacked by hordes of rodents. So people know that the island is not only beautiful but also dangerous.

Musically: begins with an ambient swirling effect of synthesizers in the background and then a jazzy interaction between the guitar and bass. Sounds somewhat like a psychedelic Return To Forever type of sound. The track continues mostly in jazz-fusion mode but picks up tempo with more rockin' percussion and bass.

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FOURTH track "Night Revelation Of Antackena"

about the uninvited aliens, the tribe Khunts turned for advice to his sorcerer Antakhena. Night Adelroth did the ceremony and learned that the aliens had defiled gods currently taking tears of the gods. He got really pissed. It gave people the rodents to scatter them around the island.

Musically: Tribal drums in frenetic speeds are joined by a much slower bass line but picks up fairly quickly and jumps into a frenetic jazz-fusion riff of the guitar with heavy bass and percussion staying chilled out in comparison. It picks up steam at midpoint

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FIFTH track "Geyser"

the same time. Race Krokus also held a ceremony. In their bogs were sacred geyser through which they learned about the aliens.

Musically: starts out slow with clean Floydian guitar lick and cymbals that quickly jump into a more jazz-fusion oriented mood setting. It becomes quite the frenetic jazz-fusion track with all the instruments creating a tempestuous rhythmic dance. The track goes through several shifts of rhythm changes as well as the usual eclectic mix of heavy bass lines with syncopated jazz-from-hell type keyboards

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SIXTH track "Games of Herbs"

beginning of a new day or early morning. I describe as rostitel'nost'├╗ wakes up with first rays of the sun. As dew plays on every blade of grass and every leaf.

Musically: starts off with birds singing as a guitar line gently emerges into the limelight and has a rather Baroque J.S. Bach type of feel to it. Lots of different keyboard sounds dance together. Perhaps a lost Brandenburg Concerto? Well for a while at least. Remains classically rhythmic but becomes jazzy. Really amazing musical mixture here.

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SEVENTH track "Wandering"

a new day and two tribes are feuding with each other Khunts (humanoid) and Crokus (crocodilopolis) gathered for talks. They decided for a short time to stop the war in order to join forces against the aliens. They decided with General witchcraft to inflict on people the magic that has the property of oblivion.

Musically: a steady beat guided by frenetic guitar and groovy bass line. The keys provide atmosphere and tension builds as the recurring groove ratchets up. A brief pause and the keys become the frenetic rhythmic caffeine addicts for a while. While the general rhythmic drive stays the same, it's quite brilliant how the instruments pass the baton taking the lead and carrying it. In the middle of the track everything stops and a drumming display gradually gives way to a new jazzy guitar segment with heavy rockin' drums.

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EIGHTH track "Water World"

: The Taming of  the Geysers ii: ... and on the Water Surface To finish the job they collectively appeal to the mistress of the watery World. Mistress of the watery World through a ritual of "dance on water", which the sailors fall into oblivion. At first this dance is energetic and contains convulsively. The dance Mistress of the watery World produces the Taming of the Geysers. Then the dance turns into a plastic and beautiful ritual (... and on the Water Surface).

Water World. - iii: Detection woke up on the deck of his ship. They can't remember what happened with them before. Around thick fog. At this time two children of the tribe take care of Khunts found by a sailor, whom they found in the woods at night. That is why the sailor left on the island, about him no one knew.

Musically: morning sounds as birds and wolves do their thing and then a quickened groovy bass line meets a piano that seems like it's in its own world. Many counterpoints going on very early. Jazz-fusion feast of the senses with this one. There are many breaks in mood but tempo remains rather steady throughout. Style stays in jazz-fusion as well with a steady rock drum beat allowing the keys and guitars to perform jittery acrobatics all around it. Like most of this album, words don't do it justice. Too removed outside of the listener's experience to convey any sense of musical progressions.

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The good: WATER WORLD musically is a brilliant blend of electronic rock and jazz-fusion dished up with heavy doses of avant-prog sensibilities and sounds like no other album i've ever heard. The compositions are quite good and sophisticated and really do deliver an exciting flow of ideas within the context of the genre fusions mentioned.

The bad: unfortunately despite leaps and bounds above previous albums, this still sounds like a homemade product and in need of a more sophisticated production level. Often DIY albums sound as such because they are lacking the proper percussive drive and i feel that is also the case with WATER WORLD. The drum antics are adequate but it sounds programmed. Also i found it impossible to glean any sort of concept album as it's all instrumental and relied on the artist's input to understand it.

When all is said and done, WATER WORLD is an excellent piece of instrumental music that lover's of electronic rock, classical and jazz should appreciate quite well as the complexities of weaving these styles together is phenomenal however this is a rather heady album that requires extreme attention paid to the details for any sense to be had from it. There are really no periods of breathing room and is indeed a challenging album to appreciate, however if you are looking for something unique from an isolated geographical setting of the world, then by all means check out this fascinating sci-fi tale of different worlds all told in a Pekka Pohjola sort of narration by notes sort of way. It's really worth the effort.

 Interview by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.75 | 639 ratings

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Interview
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Kepler62

4 stars It may seem a superfluous endeavor to review an album that was released over 40 years ago but Gentle Giant's 1976 album Interview is worth a brief retrospective glance over. At the time progressive rock itself was in question as a viable commercial prospect and Gentle Giant were at the peak of their popularity. Stylistically they had pretty much exhausted the possibilities of their singular "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to composing and playing music on their previous "Free Hand" album. In recognition of this quagmire they came up with this clever psuedo-concept album that commented on how distant the music industry was from artists and their art in the form of snippets of a mock interview inserted between tracks with noted rock journalist Phil Sutcliffe playing along.

Although it includes all the idiosyncratic elements that made their music so wondrous Interview may elicit some "you've got to be kidding me" reactions for those not acquainted with some of the light-minded and whimsical musical attitudes that comprised Gentle Giant's otherwise less than straightforward technically challenging music. Interview occupies an interesting place in the epicenter of the career of this unique band. Progressive rock was in it's death throws and devotees of the Gentle Giant would notice the toned down instrumentation and more "modern" sound, retaining it's usual adventurous spirit on tracks such as the reggae infected "Give it Back" and the sometimes bluesy "Timing". The album also spawned one of the best loved Gentle Giant tracks, "I Lost My Head" as well as the discordant "Design", another fan favourite that is littered with all kinds of musical outlandishness. So Gentle Giant was still held in high regard by their fans and "Interview" even did well with the press in spite of the climate within the music industry towards outdated progressive rock "dinosaur" bands.

Gentle Giant was even an oddity within the progressive rock realm of the early seventies but attracted a curious dedicated following so it's difficult to find a yardstick with which to measure them. While Interview could have suffered under the shadow of the monumental "Free Hand".during a busy period for the band, keyboardist Kerry Minnear has insisted on more than one occasion that the band fared well under pressure and Interview is a testament to this observation. After the release of the album in the spring of 1976 further albums from Gentle Giant became somewhat more subdued and less audacious but Interview will always stand as a critical moment at the pinnacle of a remarkable career.

 Playing Live At One Music Fest by ICHTHYANDER DAD'S ONLY DOLPHIN album cover Live, 2015
3.84 | 8 ratings

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Playing Live At One Music Fest
Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Despite forming all the way back in 1994 in Kirovograd, Ukraine, the oddly named ICHTHYANDER DAD'S ONLY DOLPHIN never managed to release a bonafide album until they reformed in 2014 and worked on revising old material along with some newly inspired tracks. With no studio albums in site, the band decided to release their debut in the form of a live album titled "PLAYING LIVE AT ONE MUSIC FEST" which displays the fully intact enthusiasm of a vibrant band that lets loose of all the youthful passion and energy that many a band tend to lose as the years pass. With their music as eccentric and eclectic as their eye-catching name, IDOD deliver a near hour set list on this night in their hometown which is absolutely guaranteed to please fans of eclectic and energetic progressive rock in its full regalia. The album is entirely instrumental with no vocalist in site which allows for complex improvisational tradeoffs of the instruments involved.

The band on this album includes three founding members Dmitry Dorosh (guitars), Oleg Vorona (bass) and Viktor Sirotin (drums) along with newbies Olena Yeremenko (violin) and Sergei Kadenko (keys). The influences are long but includes many of the usual suspects of eclecticism such as Gentle Giant and King Crimson along with healthy doses of jazz-fusion compositional approaches with saxophone workouts woven in with electronic ambient elements, psychedelia and even heavy rock often all within a single track. The feisty opener "Through The Gates Of The Universe" is a Voivod inspired rocker that not only breaks down the doors but literally crashes the gates with full rock fury. "Biometry" takes on an 80s King Crimson vibe that adds an ambitious violin that will remind the listener of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with that Jean Luc-Ponty virtuosity in full effect. They skillfully cranking out track after track alternating between heavy complex rock workouts with softer more subdued segments.

IDOD do tend to lack the originality that clearly separates them from the influences they infuse in every cadence of their compositions but they do manage to weave it all together in an interesting way that when taken with the fiery spirit of their performances and tight quirky ability for the band to play together at uncanny speeds incorporating dangerous frenetic time signatures makes this a very compelling listen. The arrangements are quite varied and outdo their influences and in many cases as they have upped the game in terms of eclecticism as well as stage performances. For a live album, the production is quite good and the unison of the band to play in tandem is impeccable. I'm usually quite underwhelmed by live albums but this one has all the elements that make it as good of a listen as a studio album. It is rumored that a true non-live album is in the works and i must say that "PLAYING LIVE AT ONE MUSIC FEST" has truly whetted my appetite for more of IDOD's music as they sound like truly seasoned musicians that have taken the long road to blossom but have finally reached the promised musical garden of delights. Another promising band to emerge from the Eastern outposts of Slavic nations.

 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.67 | 65 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by The Jester

3 stars On the 24th of March 2017, Steve Hackett released his 25th studio album named as The Night Siren. Having enjoyed his previous album 'Wolflight' a lot, I was curious to see what this new album of his will sound like. And the truth is that, it sounds like a sequel of Wolflight. The general style is the same and the elements that can be found in Wolflight are present here once more: The combination of many different music styles, the strong Ethnic influences and Hackett's guitar in a leading role of course. The truth is that, many of the songs in this album were recorded during the Wolflight sessions, that's why these two albums look very much alike. For the needs of the recordings, Hackett worked with no less than 17 session musicians, from many different countries around the world, proving that music is a universal language that can unite people. There are a wide variety of instruments being used in the album, from the classic guitars/bass/drums, up to saxophone, viola, trumpet, flute and even didgeridoo and tar among others. The album is a very pleasant and enjoyable one, but despite the interesting compositions, the overall feeling I get is that 'Siren' is a weaker album, in comparison with 'Wolflight'. But is a very pleasant and listener-friendly album without a doubt. Favourite songs so far: Behind the Smoke and West to East. My Rating: 3.5 Stars
 Ever After by SANHEDRIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 127 ratings

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Ever After
Sanhedrin Eclectic Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars I did read about this band in the PA forum. In a thread soembody was asking about bands "similar to CAMEL" and this name popped up.

It took me a lot of time to get a copy of this album because the band seems to have disappeared after releasing this little masterpiece. No bandcamp, facebook or any other internet resource other than progarchives. Luckily, it's still available from the FADING RECORDS label which is a sub-label of AltRock productions.

Now the album: it's very reminding to CAMEL, but it has some substantial differences: first of all is not as guitar dominated as Latimer's band, there's a bigger use of flute and a lot of keyboards. If we want to compare it to a specific period of CAMEL, we are closer to the first two albums.

I have noticed that almost all the tracks have odd signatures, mainly 5/4, but even if there are jazzy moments in the vein of Rain Dances, it has elements which are not very often present in Camel's discography. This is original material, close to CAMEL as much as Hogarth's Marillion can be close to Genesis: there is an imprinting, but it's not a clone band.

Saying what's the best track is not easy: I really like the whole album in all its various moments. Each track has its "reason". The Guillotine, Il Tredici, Steam are excellent tracks. A mention goes to the medieval folk of "Dark Age" which reminds to Angelo BRANDUARDI and BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, just to say that it's not only Camel. It suddenly tunrs into a dark atmosphere with Canterbury elements and some passages of the kind that wouldn't be a surprise in an ART ZOYD album.

Another mention is deserved by the short classical guitar piece entitled "Tema", the second track other than "Il Tredici" with an Italian title. Closer to Steve HACKETT than to Latimer.

This album is at the same level of many CAMEL albums, surely better than some of their inspirer's releases. If one is undecided between "The Single Factor" and "Even After", I'd surely say, "go for the second!".

It's really a pity that this band is disappeared. The more original parts, I mean the less "Camelistic" are showing a lot of good musical ideas and excellent skills. For all the (prog) tastes.

 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 336 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Steve Hackett needs no introduction. He is one of the finest guitar players of the last decades. He was present in the first and most important period of Genesis before quitting the band and follow a solo career. I'm not a music critic, so I will try to approach this album from the side of a music lover and a fan of Rock & Progressive Rock. For starters, I would like to say that in my opinion 'Wolflight' is probably his best work since 'Voyage of the Acolyte' (1975) and 'Spectral Mornings' (1979). I have listened to the album 5-6 times so far, and every time I discover something new which I hadn't noticed before. The compositions are of high standards, the production is excellent, and the participating musicians are extremely talented ones. The album's main "theme" is the relation between a man and a wolf. So we can say that it is a 'concept' album in a way. Let's take a look at the music now: What Steve Hackett is presenting here, is a mixture of many different styles of music styles, including Rock, Ethnic, Flamenco, Jazz, Classical etc, blended altogether in a beautiful way, and underlined with his wonderful guitar playing. What I enjoyed the most is the changes of music styles within the songs. For example, a song can start with an acoustic guitar playing a flamenco-based tune, which is turning into a classical inspired music theme, and suddenly an electric guitar appears playing wonderful melodies, changing the style of the song completely. (The first time I listened to the album I wasn't so much impressed I must say, but when I started listening to it over and over again it started revealing its musical beauty to me). The musicians who are participating are all very talented ones as I mentioned above, and further than the 6 standard ones, there are 4 more participating as guests, with Chris Squire of 'Yes' being one of them. The album consists of 10 songs, and has a total running time of almost an hour. As for my favorite songs, these are: 'Love Song to a Vampire', 'Corycian Flame' and 'Dust and Dreams/Heart Song'. Concluding this post I would like to mention that 'Wolflight' is one of these - rare in our days - albums which you can listen from the start 'till the end, without having to skip not even one song. Of course there are 'stronger' and 'weaker' moments, but the overall quality is a very high one! The album is available in MP3 and CD version, and as a double vinyl album. Speaking for myself, I have the MP3 version so far, but I'm going to buy the vinyl version very soon. :-) I totally recommend 'Wolflight' to all those who are fans of Rock or Progressive Rock music. I'm sure you will not regret buying this album! As for my rating, this would be 4.00 out of 5.00 stars.
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