Prometheus - Prometheus

Year of Release: 1994
Label: Deep Music
Catalog Number: DM021
Format: CD
Total Time: 67:31:00

Formed of Crafty guitarists Steve Ball and Sanford Ponder (that's crafty as in Fripp's Leaque of Crafty Guitarists), this release puts the emphasis on instrumentation. There are vocals here, too, by Ball. I'm not quite sure how to describe his voice, except to say that it is dry and airy - rather like someone with larangytis without the croaking. Actually, Ball's vocals aren't bad, just different. Current Crimsonite (as of Thrak) and ex-Mr. Mister drummer Pat Mastelotto is behind the kit.

"Sardukar" is all biting industral guitar attack, discordant and very angular. "Orphan" is a galloping, quirky tune that makes me think of early 80s Genesis - that same playfulness as "Keep It Dark," for example, or "Me And Sarah Jane" (Abacab) though vocalist Steve Ball sounds nothing like Phil Collins (or Peter Gabriel, for that matter). The other band that came to mind with this track was Squeeze.

And so there is the dichotomy of this album. If excellent guitar led instrumental rock is your preference, then skip the vocal tracks because the above mentioned "Sardukar," and "Angst" alone fit the bill. If pop progressive is more your style, then the vocal tracks may be more your speed. Which isn't to suggest that fans of either won't find what they're looking for in the other tracks.

Actually, there's a third element at work here - the 23 minute ambient closer.

Dark (7:00) / Sardukar (3:56) / Angst (5:44) / Enough's Enough (2:46) / The Policeman's Ball (5:23) / The Spectacle (5:13) / Orphan (4:33) / Assault On The Consensus (9:56) / Redemption (23:00)

Steve Ball - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion
Sanford Ponder - guitars, audio frame, percussion
Pat Mastelotto - drums, percussion
Nigel Gavin - bass, voice
Chris Rhyne - solo synth and organ
Steuart Liebig - bass

Prometheus (1994)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: July 25th 1999
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Hits: 1156
Language: english


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