I'm really not sure if this album will reach the surface, as in this day and age one cannot pigeon hole it easily. Somewhere between Genisis and somewhere else but not sure. It is slightly progressive rock, It can head towards psychedelic rock at times, but with much more, It Bites? possibly! What is important is this becomes more and more likable the more it is heard. The lyrical content is also intriguing and at times funny, and at others down right, either depressing or realistic, depending on your outlook on life.
The band have friends in high musical places, as in Tony Levin, and Rick Wakeman playing within the album. Their contributions help, but the band are very capable in their own right with ability of their own.
The whole album twists and turns around unusual themes and structures that can be bewildering to the senses, great. Musicianship is up there with some of the best, although pioneering its own destiny and shape, this release to me stands out in these days where there are so many copycat bands releasing so called new music.
I've been a long time prog-rock fan - everything from Aardvark, Arena, IQ through to Watch. This is not quite up there with the best, but it is nice to listen to and may well grow on me the more I listen to it. Very symphonic - nice use of brass and guitar.
My all time favourite album is Big Big Train's 'The Underfall Yard' and despite the never ending top-quality prog releases in 2012 and 2013, nothing comes close the this.
However, a challenger has appeared.
'In Extremis' is quite simply a superb album of the highest quality. From the opening track, which equals anything BBT have done (and I never thought I would ever say that ....) through to the stunning closing title track, all 22 minutes of it ...... absolutely brilliant, involving and catchy as hell.....