Alan Burant: Occam
Find within: polished, neo-proggish rock with some prog metal leanings in the lead vox and lead riffage. Lead vox reminded me of a near-Journey/Perry or higher timbred yet relaxedly slick Queensryche/Tate. Vocal stylings leaned many times towards the days of spandex rock crooning. Obviously straight up rock leanings pervaded, especially evident on “More To Realize”, “Mirror Image”, and “Surround”. A few delightful Jade Warrior moments were found on “Total Strangers” and “Occam’s Razor”, with plenty of acoustic guitar magic and effective synth embellishings. Tracks ranged from 2:05 to 16:16 with few purely instrumental tracks. Another group’s sound that comes to mind is the mellower ballads of Saga. The ferocious riffs and chops of Saga are lacking here. A nice touch here and there is the backing feminine vocals of Lillo.
Fans of Journey, Saga ballads, Queensryche, some Supertramp, and most all poppish neo-proggers will find much to enjoy here. I must pass however, desiring less theatrics and bombast in my prog. Still, quite strong and tight work.
Reprinted with the permission of John Collinge and Progression Magazine .
Record Label: Active Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock