REVIEW: PROGRESSION JOURNAL
Reviewer | David Taylor
This American group’s second release features the addition of lead vocalist JoJo Razor plus a fun sic-fi lyrical concept concerning an out space accident leading to unplanned colonization of one of Saturn’s moons. Lyrical advancement of this storyline recalls how Salvadorean group OVNI handles story developments. In fact, JoJo’s upper registers infuse the same warm feeling Rafael Alfaro lends to OVNI’s masterworks.
Echoes of other prog-rock greats are littered across this project’s veritable galaxy, including Keith Emerson-style Hammon organ work. The melodic logic of short instrumental “Jovian Belt” also finds keyboardist Vance Gloster under Tony Bank’s gravitational influence.
The real showpiece is the 10-minute epic “This Is Now Our Home,” a full-0n Yes-style symphonic proggy romp boasting varied instrumental passages with Razor’s vocals gluing all together. Another track that approaches the sort of grandeur one requires of a bona fie sic-fi epic is the five-minute minute “Queen of Titan,” with its memorable mellotron-drenched refrain.
Here is hoping for more epic payloads like “This Is Now Our Home” on Gekko Projekt’s future launches!
– David Taylor