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Atavism of Twilight — Atavism of Twilight
(Syn-Phonic SYNCD 17, 1992, CD)

by Mike Borella, Published 1994-02-01

Atavism of Twilight Cover art

[reviewing advance cassette - ed.]

Known best for opening at Djam Karet's most recent show, this is yet another band from the Los Angeles area making progressive music. An instrumental five piece consisting of flute, guitar, keys, bass, and drums, this is the best new band I've heard since Änglagård. An amalgam of fusion and symphonic styles, they draw from bands such as Camel, Jethro Tull, Focus, Kenso, Mirthrandir, and many, many others, yet their sound and style is quite unique. Perhaps they are closer to Kenso than any of the other bands listed above, but this cassette contains more fervor than any of the Kenso releases. Non-stop action, they combine sophisticated writing skill with knock-out, firey playing. The compositions are upbeat at times, yet even the pleasant-sounding pieces have dark overtones. Atavism consists of ever-changing motifs and leads, avoiding the "repetition trap" that all too many instrumental bands fall into. Each musician is considerably skilled and all contribute to lead and rhythm parts. The drums, flute and guitar are particularly busy. Unlike many bands that play complex music, Atavism of Twilight never becomes too esoteric or academic. They remain listenable, and have a universal appeal. I think most prog-heads will like this tape, and I recommend it very highly. I can't wait for the CD - this is brilliant material.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 2, 1992 releases

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