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Nascent - 2006 Nascent

ARTIST: Nascent
ALBUM: Nascent
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Jeff Briggs - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards * Libor Hadrava - drums *Tom Hanslowe - bass *Justin Francis - electric piano

TRACK LISTING: 01 Suburban Mornings * 02 Beyond Logic * 03 Without Vigil * 04 Synthesthesia * 05 Heraclitus Was Right * 06 Swallowed By The Sea


WEBLINKS: www.nascentband.com

This modern progressive rock project is the brainchild of Briggs and Hadrava, this six track mini album the first fruits of their labour. I say 'mini' album in jest - almost, as this runs in true prog fashion at nearly fifty minutes which as you guessed is quite an endurance run for six tracks. The group was formed by Briggs with Hadrava at a graduate school serving in arts, and although the production reflects that of first timers it's far from shabby also. Hanslowe and Francis back up the pair on various tracks, and from their bio this demo was completed earlier this year. The material while often meandering is a sometimes worthy effort that delves into traditional prog moments with some heavy metal excursions that don't hurt either.

The Songs
'Suburban Mornings' features vocals from Briggs, much else of the album being instrumental. This has definite seventies overtones in the jazzy fusion breakdowns that make up the majority of the songs middle sections, therefore earning it a passing grade. 'Beyond Logic' goes back a decade further and comes off as a piece of avant-garde sixties psychedelia which progresses in earnest to modern day prog metal in turn. This helps keeps things unpredictable at least. Running over ten minutes is 'Without Vigil', mostly restrained and atmospheric for the first half but again creeps into metal territory near the climax. 'Synthesthesia' indicates by the title a glut of keyboards, which are delivered with glee initially but as is their trait the last minute veers off into true speed metal. Tremendous shading and there's a future for Nascent in thrash if they want it. 'Heraclitus Was Right' is a title which may mean something to the band, but evades me. The ten minutes are another prog metal burnout and after such lengthy endeavours it's almost predictable they end the demo with a three minute track, 'Swallowed By The Sea', which is simply noise for the sake of it and a waste of time. Listening to guitar drones doesn't move me in 2007 unfortunately.

In Summary
Aside from the poor ending there's a lot of promise, only it's unclear what direction the band will end up taking. If they stick with this metallic prog then the world might be their oyster, but I hear promise too in the more old fashioned prog areas that they replicate with some ease. According to the band they are finishing up their debut album so perhaps we won't have to wait long to hear the results. This is unlikely to replace the latest Saxon in my MP3 player for long, but it's certainly worth a go if you like your prog on the metal side.

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