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The UK-based quartet PROGOCTOPUS is a new player on the progressive rock field, a band that assembled towards the end of 2014, but filled with ideas and creative impulses from the onset. "Trancendence EP" is the name of their first CD of recorded music, which was self-released in the summer of 2015. From its self-description this quartet is one that draws its inspiration from a multitude of sources, and that is readily apparent in the music its members create. Apart from a ballad- and jazz-oriented short cut, their main focus appears to be towards the creation of longer compositions. The powerful lead vocals of Jane Gillard are a distinct feature throughout, soaring on top of songs that tend to navigate through a maze of different styles that include (but are not limited to) funk, classic ‘70s hard rock, heavy ‘70s prog and quirky ‘90s progressive metal. In terms of distinct similarities and associations, I'd compare them to the US progressive metal band Brave, with a slight side dish of MoeTar tossed in for good measure. The end result is a quirky, fairly elaborate and sophisticated expression that is fun and uplifting, with some darker metal undertones, lurking beneath a jazz rock and vintage hard rock-oriented brand of progressive rock. A band well worth giving a spin for those who find such a description to be intriguing.
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