Exposé Online banner

NoVox — NoVox
(FGBG-4577.AR, 2005, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

NoVox Cover artFirst off, this disc has to have one of the weirdest and most provocative cover images ever! Now beyond the graphics and on to the music. Some may remember the Dutch quartet Cliffhanger who put out a series of good to excellent albums during the 90s; well, 3/4 of Cliffhanger are now 3/5 of NoVox, the primary difference being — as their name suggests — no vocals. Keyboardist Dick Heijboer, bassist Gijs Koopman, and drummer Hans Boonk have teamed up with two new guitarists to produce this disc of instrumental gems. The twelve pieces here cover a lot of territory, but generally stay within the confines of the traditional realms of progressive rock. The guitarists seem a bit underutilized throughout, and if I'm understanding the liner notes correctly, both guitarists never play together on the same track. Indeed, on most of the cuts this sounds more like a keyboardist's solo album, as the keys have the upper hand in all the arrangements and solo parts. When the guitarists do show up, the band's sound bears a certain similarity to the instrumental work of early Camel (think Mirage). Like Cliffhanger before them, these guys bring a lot of great ideas to the table, work them cleverly into arrangements, and follow up with an immaculate and energetic execution. Fans of Camel, Happy the Man, and similar bands would do well to check this one out.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): NoVox

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bill Bruford / Tim Garland - Earthworks Underground Orchestra – The peers of drummer/composer Bill Bruford are few and far between; only Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Will Calhoun, and Claudia Quartet mastermind John Hollenbeck spring to mind as drummers who...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues