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Fall of Episteme — Fall of Episteme
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2021-03-27

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In spite of their pretentious name, this Danish band has more in common with Survivor or Europe than any other band I can think of. The band’s roots go back to the 80s with a neo-prog band called Atlantis, and this album is drenched in the accessible sound of 80s neo-prog. Relatively simple rhythms back melodic tunes sung by a pleasant voice, and soaring guitars backed by big keyboard chords back nearly everything. Neo-prog was never my thing so I can’t say what well-known band is the closest reference here — I just know that Marillion was way more quirky, so in my mind it gets tossed in with IQ, Jadis, Pallas, Pendragon, and the like. And if that comparison shows my ignorance of the genre, I’m fine with that. Like I said, it was never a style I got into, and while I’m the first to admit that any style can produce good music, I just don’t have the time to go back and investigate all those bands to see where the winners are. Getting back to Fall of Episteme, this is about as safe as you can be musically and still get called progressive rock, and I’m sure lots of people will enjoy it. And that’s fine for them, I don’t begrudge their sources of pleasure, which are just as valid as my own.

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