This is Diagonal's second album, and it's every bit as good as their first. Diagonal are influenced by classic 70s prog groups like King Crimson and Soft Machine. The Second Mechanism, like Diagonal's self-titled debut, captures the sounds, aura and compositional complexity of the more experimental end of British progressive rock so well you could be forgiven for thinking it was released in 1972 instead of 2012. However, what they lack in musical influences since the birth of punk they make up for with the sheer quality of the music. Unlike some of the more shamelessly derivative prog groups to spring up since the neo-prog revival in the 80s, Diagonal are unafraid to tackle the more jazzy, experimental end of the prog spectrum. Really, if you like Lark's Tongues-era Crimso, Gentle Giant or Canterbury scene bands like Soft Machine or Caravan, you'll find plenty to love here.