Jester's Crown — Above the Storm
((Not on label) no#, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01
Forget about the jester, it's not neo-prog or any other sort of music one would normally associate jesters with. JC is a very promising four-piece from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, playing what comes very natural for them – an accessible progressive rock in song format, with good vocals, solid harmonies, and great playing by all. Their sound is not too over-polished, and retains that edge that so much current prog is lacking. For those who require comparisons, you're pretty much out of luck, though there are some occasional hints of Rush; Jester's Crown are clearly not trying to conform to any lofty progressive ideal, they've apparently formed their own sound outside of the normal prog mainstream – and whatever influences they have are very well absorbed. Along with bands like Timothy Pure, Discipline and The Other Side, Jester's Crown is a forward-looking band with roots in the present, not simply regurgitating what has been done before. More power to them; this is a promising new band that all should hear.
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