Tryptic - Rabble Gadgets Divine

Year of Release: 1998
Label: Talkin' Tools Music
Catalog Number: TT-CD0127
Format: CD
Total Time: 47:07:00

One can't talk about the Texas band Tryptic without mentioning EL&P, not only because of Tryptic's sound, but also because they feature the same instrumentation, being a keyboard, bass, and drums group. Unlike EL&P, though, Tryptic has four members, adding a lead singer to the instrumentalists. One thing Tryptic has over EL&P is two background singers, which means more vocal harmonies.

For the most part, the tracks on this album tend to the short side, averaging four or five minutes. For those who like their prog lengthy, though, two tracks clock in at eight and nine minutes. The length of the tracks notwithstanding, this is definitely a progressive rock band in the tradition of EL&P, although maybe Triumvirat (who are also heavily EL&P-influenced) would be a better comparison.

Keyboards are the focal instrument, but most of the tracks are vocal pieces. The lead vocalist, J.T.Martin, has a high voice that sounds much like Geddy Lee of Rush. There are, however, also a couple of places when the vocals take on Freddy Mercury's crooning sound, and even a Yes-like moment or two, especially on the track "Marathon," which has a vocal section that sounds like something from Yes's first two albums. All and all, this is an enjoyable outing for lovers of keyboard-oriented symphonic prog.

Delphinium (2:34) / Amphigory (2:59) / Galaxy Down (5:29) / Harlequin (8:02) / Elegy (3:59) / Fenrist-the Alchemist (5:43) / The Great Escape (4:48) / Chaos in F# (1:41) / Marathon (9:29) / Alphonse (2:15)

Bill Hammon - bass and vocals
J.T. Martin - lead vocal, flute
Ian Brooks - drums
Mike Harrison - keyboards and vocals

Rabble Gadgets Divine (1998)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: March 6th 2001
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum

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Language: english


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