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And Last But Not Least Prog Reviews Roundup

Album Review

Grant Moon rounds up some of the other records passing under the portcullis of Prog Towers

The fresh-faced Eveline’s Dust are straight outta Pisa and offer some tasty, neo-leaning prog on The Painkeeper (Lizard). They draw on Banco del mutuo soccorso, Genesis, and there’s a hefty dose of Steven Wilson in their subtle, intelligent writing (and Nicola Pedreschi’s articulate, mildly depressed vocal delivery). Moments like A Tender Spark Of Unknown, with Crimsonesque sax/woodwind lines, make this a real pleasure.

Saga’s Michael Sadler and Southern Empire’s Sean Timms are just two of the guests on Holophinium (Progressive Promotion), the new double-disc from Germany’s Karibow. Not that they need star power to prove their prog acumen. This beautifully produced, wordy, widescreen neo is fresh yet familiar, singer Oliver Rüsing offers big, warm harmonies, while tough eleven-minuter E.G.O. and Marillion-catchy Connection Refused show their impressive range.

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