It’s like water skiing behind a speedboat down I-94 into Detroit. Strange, almost unfathomable, but undoubtedly a good time.
It connects on all the different levels, from the group harmonies, the synth patches, and of course the bass tone.
Weaving elements of Pink Floyd, funk and stoner metal it delivers on a completely different plane than anything else out there.
The Great Adventure takes a twist on the story as it follows it from the point of view of the Pilgrim’s son Joseph.
Spock’s Beard are tight and polished, and they play with a confidence and energy that demonstrate their years of experience and reaffirm their well-earned standing as heroes of modern progressive rock.
Any attempt to welcome this album into a good home and to give it the attention it deserves will no doubt yield tremendous rewards.
It’s interesting to discover the transformation these very “Western” influences undergo through the able chops and respectable voice of a musician from Moscow, (whose vocal similarity to James Hetfield once landed him a job in a Metallica tribute band).
Lovers of progressive rock by nature will delight in the sounds of Moog synthesizers, skittering time signatures, churning bass figures, and soaring guitar runs.
I could easily see them as an opening act for King Crimson on the Red tour. Not as dark or brooding, but just as adventurous in the places they are willing to let the song go to.