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The Second Mechanism

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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rise Above
  • ASIN: B009GJC3K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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The second album from this English band and the follow up to their self titled debut album from 2008 who topped a lot of best-album-of-the-year charts that year. I am not sure if I got that album. If not, I will get it on the basis of this album alone although the 2012 lineup is different from the 2008 lineup.

I expected neo prog to be honest. So I was surprised and very pleased when a very different type of music filled the air. The Second Mechanism is forty-three minutes with a mix of King Crimson like eclectic prog, some Camel, a lot of National Health and Gilgamesh and some Return To Forever. The music is woodwinds based with guitars, keyboards, bass and drums playing the more supporting role on this instrumental album. There is enough bite in the music to make it both relevant and interesting.

My only gripe with this album is the lack of more bite in the form of some great melodies and tunes. One killer track here and this album would had got something it does not have: A strong identity. It still have enough going for it to make it interesting. I regard this album as being a very good album which I will be happy to play on a regular basis in the years and decades to come.
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Diagonal are always strong on instrumental interplay, but this album offers more variation in influences with a subtle Eastern flavour and traditional instrumentation to boot. Good use of horns, keyboards and guitar picking out complex melody lines. No real dissonance, although electronic swooshes make occasional entries.

Overall, the sound is influenced by the instrumental bands out of the Canterbury Scene and other quality Jazz-Rock from the early Seventies. More trad in this sense than Sanguine Hum who add a bit of modernity to their pallette.
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