[Progressive Rock] Providence
#1
A very slight anomaly in the Japanese 80s prog scene. And I do mean very slight - this is still highly synth-dominant female-fronted prog. However, it's unrelated to most of the well-known acts of the time (except the rather obscure Mr. Sirius-related fusion-prog act Kehell) and the style owes a bit more to Yes than to the usual influences. The bassist takes after Squire with his aggressive lines and gritty tone, and Relayer's influence is obvious in the longer tracks, with their very sharp contrasts between chaotic soloing sections and pastoral ambience.







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#2
1st CD is pretty good - will take a few more spins to digest though. Could live without the spot with male vocals, but w/e. I'm pretty impressed with their lead vocalist though. This does seem a bit different from a lot of their peers, and is more vast in scope. Pretty dominant bass too. This did remind me a bit of Pageant, but the Yes comparison isn't far off either (different vibe though). This has a slightly dark tone to it (probably why I likened it to Pageant's debut). Favorite song is probably the long-assed one.
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#3
I've got some of their CDs on order too. I pretty much only bought them because I thought the covers looked cool and I knew it was prog. Haven't heard a note though. Laugh
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#4
2nd album is definitely worthwhile too. Not sure if I have a favorite between the two, but the second seems a bit darker. I wonder if Water Garden took influence from these guys? (except they're more airy, laid-back and folkish). Same ponderous/melancholy atmosphere.
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#5
After playing both albums a couple times, I'm actually leaning towards the 2nd. I like the vocalist on that a bit more too (both are good though). Starless' 2007 album reminds me of this one a little bit, wouldn't be surprised if they took some influence from it.
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#6
Wait was there a spot with male vocals in the first album? I think I might have missed it. I liked it a lot though (dat bass). I honestly don't know how to describe this band; they are pretty different.
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#7
Yeah, those male vox threw me for a loop.

I kinda wish I would've checked these guys out earlier. I wasn't even aware of their existence when I splurged on prog last time.
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#8
Yeah, I have to give it to RNG that he really knows his shit when it comes to progressive rock from Japan.
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#9
Man, I am really digging that ~20 minute track on the second album. That's an excellent prog epic right there.
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#10
By the way, I've made up my mind and I like the first album better. Sorry Perdition. Tongue
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