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Prog? Really? REALLY?
on 10 June 2014
Well, the reviews of this double album led me to believe it was going to be the prog album to beat all others. How wrong this is. If this is the future of prog, then the genre as I understand it really is well and truly dead. Where are the soaring melodies and hook lines of ANY Genesis, Yes, ELP, Barclay James Harvest, The Enid, PFM, Ange, Marillion or Floyd album that you care to mention? Or even the new prog of RPWL? I grant you that there are a few lengthy tracks but they are not classic prog in any way, shape or form.
I consider myself a prog aficionado, but I really can find nothing proggy in this album to like. I suspect that anyone who was around or was into the classic 1970's era of prog will feel like-minded, although judging by the reviews herein it looks like I might just be wrong. By all means classify it as 'rock' - I have no qualms over that, and there is no doubt that it has some good rock tracks (the riff of 'Planet of Insects' is pretty much the only redeeming grace for this opus) but prog it most certainly ain't.
Oh, and the extra EP download is more of the same.
One to be avoided. :-(