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Ozric Tentacles: Paper Monkeys

Read "Paper Monkeys" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A band that has endured the dips and spikes of the progressive-rock genre since its inception back in 1983, UK-based Ozric Tentacles has the beat on jam-based space-rock via its signature style of execution. With undulating synths, driving pulses and layered sculpting techniques, the quartet almost always bestows a sweeping plane, centered on lucid imagery and might. Ozric's ideology hearkens back to the imaginative persuasions witnessed during the psychedelic era, while keeping pace with modernization from a technical and sound ...

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Ozric Tentacles: The Yumyum Tree

Read "The Yumyum Tree" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Twenty-five years and still going strong, legendary U.K. prog-rock outfit Ozric Tentacles releases its first studio album since 2006's The Floor's Too Far Away (Magna Carta Records). Interestingly enough, the musicians recently moved to Colorado to hone in on the U.S. festival and jamband scenes.

This 2009 date doesn't proclaim anything strikingly new, when considering the band's signature fusion of prog and space rock; however, it does present a rather phantasmagorical climate, teeming with MIDI treatments and a ...

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Ozric Tentacles: Waterfall Cities

Read "Waterfall Cities" reviewed by John W. Patterson

To attempt to review the Ozrics is like trying explain an aural rainbow to a deaf man. I approach cautiously for I hold this group on a pinnacle of splendored respect. As the day I had to review John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s remastered re-releases, so too I am timid to tread such hallowed grounds of instrumental magic and total ear pleasure.Here I go . . . beware my bias.For many years I held off ...

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Ozric Tentacles: The Hidden Step

Read "The Hidden Step" reviewed by John W. Patterson

Ready to climb the pyramids and then walk out onto the hidden step, to enter the unknown ascending passages, to stare into ancient constellations of the near future, to see Ka's wings glisten in the obsidian-eyes of Anubis and hear the echoes of synths and axe across the Nile?Then follow the Ozrics across the desert of mainstream music's boring wasteland and taste of the oasis of genius via the eternal song of Ed and gang. They are back! ...


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