Saturday 2 November 2019

United Progressive Fraternity - Planetary Overload, Part 1 Loss (2019)

The second album from this world wide project.

The project has a core of nine members who contribute with drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, sitar, saxophone, kalimba, congas, mandolin, synths and vocals.
They are again helped out by thirty other musicians on narration, vocals, dulcimer and all other types of instruments.

This is in short a super-group who sprung out of the Australian band Unitopia who released some good albums years ago.

Seventy-five minutes of more or less symphonic progressive rock. More or less as this is more a rock opera than real symphonic prog.

The record takes us through a landscape of neo-prog in the beginning before some narration takes over and we get a much more world-music landscape.

There is also some ambient music here.

The vast amount of musicians used gives us a bit toothless soundscape. The music is a bit wishy-washy.

That said, this is still a good album well worth checking out.

3 points

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