Exposé Online banner

Seti — Life Signs
(Mylodon MyloCD038, 2005, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2007-03-01

Life Signs Cover art

The atmospheric opening suggests we’re no longer on the earth, but somewhere in space. Life Signs is the debut album from a neoprog rock band from Chile. It’s the familiar set up of guitar, bass, and drums with synths for the symphonic scenery. After that spacy opening, a grandeur of soundwalls sometimes almost matching that of gothic metal is unreveiled, but here in “Seven” it’s directionless. The beginning was no coincidence — further on, on a lot of tracks more space synth sounds wash ashore, picturing an enigmatic landscape which encapsures the listener. When the tempo slackens the music wins on emotion and structural depth, with marvelous striking solos on synth and guitar, as one can hear on “Divine Attribution.” Or even the long organ solo on “Dangerous Path,” after a while accompained by wailing guitar, locks one with ease and never suffers from boredom. Overall a nice album full emotion, only some minor flaws, clichéd and derivative passages, but at it’s strongest in the most electronic musical moments or where the solos rule.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): SETI

Latest news

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Nick Kizirnis - Into the Loud – If you ever wondered what's up in Dayton, Ohio, Nick Kizirnis may be able to offer some clues with his first solo release Into the Loud. A veteran of numerous other Dayton area bands (Cage,...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues