Friday 12 January 2018

Orpheus Nine - Transcendental Circus (2017)

The debut album from this US band.

This band is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals.

The band is from New Jersey and was previously a solo project by the keyboardist Jason Kresge. Then he developed this solo project into a band.

The band is new to me and most others. But New Jersey has come up with a lot of good bands. The quality normally rises to the top in that scene.

Orpheus Nine plays pretty technical neo-prog with a lot of symphonic prog and hard rock influences. The sound is clean with a lot of guitars, vocals and keyboards. The band has a lot of skills.

There is also a lot of youthful run of the mill rock here too. The band knows how to rock out.

The centrepiece on this album is the twenty-two minutes long title-track. An epic kind of a symphonic prog epic. There is also some

The band has a lot of potential. Potential not entirely unleashed here. I get the feeling the band has a lot more to offer than what they are giving us on this fifty-five minutes long album. I do not think we have seen the best of the band on this, their debut album.

Huge potential, but not quite a good album.

2.5 points

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