|#||Artist||Song (click to play)||Album||Year||CD label||My
|1||Smokin' Granny||Crankcase||Sirius Matter||1999||Metaphoric Music Productions||11|
Very inventive and original instrumental prog/fusion. The music is exceptionally
melodious but kicks your booty with it's occasional hard-edge, and ever
changing moods. There are no bands that I can think to compare them to, but,
it does sometimes sound like the German band "Octafish". Several members of
Smokin' Granny were previously in the band Freehand. Excellent stuff.
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Sinkadus, from Sweden, play a dark and complex progressive in the style
of Anglagard. This is the bands second album and many consider it a big
step forward with more originality. The band is a septet of drums, bass,
cello, guitar, flute, keyboards & vocals. For those bemoaning the
absence of Anglagard, this is the next best thing. Dark and mystical
progressive that is heavy on atmosphere.
|3||Universal Totem Orchestra||Saturno (excerpt)||Rituale Alieno||1999||Black Widow||11|
Gothic progressive from Italy. The music is a sophisticated & elaborate orrchestra
of rock instruments and operatic vocals. They are like a cross between DFA,
Magma, and Goblin. The are also hints of the Italian classics such as Balletto di
Bronzo. An excellent debut.
Black Widow Records
|4||Rain of Thought||The Pleasure of Moral Indignation||Realist's View||2000||ohsoddit records||11|
Rain of Thought play a bright chamber music progressive that is
very melodic and pleasant to listen to. The instrumentation consists of
violin, percussion, bass, drums, and a modicum of synths. Rain of
Thought is a continuation of the band Newcross which released an EP
in the 1980's. Beautiful music with a fresh approach and sound.
email@example.com (Mike Ezzo)
|5||Yeti||Two Fingers||Things to Come||2000||Two Ohm Hop||11|
The current Yeti, from Texas, comes from a prior band named Yeti,
but, this time with the addition of Doug Ferguson of Ohm &
Vas Deferens Organisation fame. The first thing I was reminded of
when I first heard Yeti was Nebelnest, particularly in the somewhat
dark tone of the compositions and the guitar & keyboard tones. The
keys (Frafisa?) are very warbly reminding me of Wayne Horvitz and
also of the French "Visitors" album. Definately flying saucer attack
music here. The bass seems to be taking a queue from Bernard Paganotti
ala Weidorje and Magma.
Two Ohm Hop