Initiation - Initiation

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Initiationmusic
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

This review is excerpted from Clayton's July 5, 2004 The Prog Life column found here -ed.

In terms of classic prog, what we have here is a strong cross between Yes and Genesis. In the vocal department, lead singer Mark Partyka sounds like a higher pitched Peter Gabriel. The lead vocals are fine, but I'd like to hear more harmonies, which would give the vocal arrangements additional depth. The rest of the band features John Gilbert on keys, Ric Stave on bass, and Jeff Jankowski on drums. The songs are highly derivative of Yes and Genesis, but frankly, my dear, I don?t give a damn. These tunes are well written and expertly performed, sporting catchy (in prog terms) melodies and creative arrangements. The nearly professional-level recording sounds great, but needs to be toned down at the high end. The package includes a professionally produced CD, but is packaged in a slim case with a home-printed, black-and-white cover card. I'm not sure why the band chose cheap packaging for such a well produced musical statement. I guess you can't always judge a CD by its cover. All in all, a spiffy set of 70's-style symphonic prog.

Designer Drugs / Seasons Change / Vultures / Hyperbaric Flames / Don't Go Near The Water / Crystal Beach / Lady Of Whitehead

Mark Partyka - vocals
John Gilbert - keys
Ric Stave - bass
Jeff Jankowski - drums

Initiation (2004)

Genre: Symphonic Prog

Origin US

Added: July 5th 2004
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum
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