Syzygy - The Allegory Of Light

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Syzygy Music Enterprises
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 62:49:00

This review is excerpted from Clayton's December 14, 2003 The Prog Life column found here -ed.

If 70s-style progressive rock tickles your fancy, you're going to wet your diapers when you hear The Allegory Of Light by the U.S. prog group Syzygy. Their exact style is hard to nail down, but expect complex, yet playful, music along the lines of maybe Yes mixed with Nektar and Happy The Man. A bit of King Crimson also rears is well-coifed head here and there. The infrequent vocals aren't spectacular, but plenty competent enough. In any case, it's the instrumental fare, which easily overshadows any vocals, that's of greatest interest here. When it comes to attacking their instruments, Syzygy is a group with which to be reckoned, winding together compositions of great musical prowess. Guitarist Carl Baldassarre (who is also the album's producer), especially, weaves terrific Fripp-like or Howe-like patterns that often burst into more modern torridness. Amazing.

The Allegory Of Light: M.O.T.H. (11:20) / Beggar?s Tale (2:47) / Distant Light (5:35) / In The Age Of Mankind: Zinjanthropus (12:31) / Industryopolis (6:33) / Forbidden (3:22) / Light Speed (2:58) / The Journey Of Myrrdin (17:29)

Carl Baldassarre - electric, acoustic and classical guitars, guitar synth, bass guitar, vocals
Sam Giunta - piano, synthesizers
Paul Mihacevich - drums, percussion, vocals

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Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: December 14th 2003
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum
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