Wednesday 25 October 2017

Oberon's Parabola - Oberon's Parabola (2010)

The one and only album from this US band.

Oberon's Parabola is the brainchild of the drummer Aaron Parks from Texas. He has got help from a sextet here who provides keyboards, trumpet, trombone, sax, bass and electric mandolin.

Although this is the only album under the Oberon's Parabola name, he has got many other projects and albums. See here for a list of them.

We are in instrumental music territory here. We are somewhere between instrumental prog and fusion here. The progressive rock is very heavy at times. It is bordering to fusion, but it is not fusion.

References are Marbin.

The music is dynamic and pretty noisy. The electric mandolin works as an electric guitar and creates a good sound. Ditto for the other instruments.

What is lacking is a kind of a focal point here. That is a problem with instrumental prog releases. It is not a problem with fusion albums though.

This album is just over fifty minutes long and it does not offer up much excitements and interesting stuff. It is a run of the mill instrumental progressive rock album. And only that.

2 points

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