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Unified Past - 2015 Shifting The Equilibrium

ARTIST: Unified Past
ALBUM: Shifting The Equilibrium
LABEL: Melodic Revolution Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Stephen Speelman - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals * Victor Tassone - drums * Dave Mickelson - bass * Phil Naro - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Erasure Principle * 02 Smile (In The Face Of Adversity) * 03 Etched In Stone * 04 Peace Remain In This World * 05 Deviation From A Theme (Of Harmonic Origin) * 06 Today Is The Day

WEBLINKS: www.unfiedpast.com

Here's a prog CD that missed people's radars last year. A pity, because this one is damn good. They are based up in Syracuse, NY, and have added Canadian singer Phil Naro to their ranks. Naro of course was associated with Talas, his own band Naro, Chain Reaction, D-Drive, 24K, Lee Aaron and more recently Canadian proggies Druckfarben. Unified Past are a very technical band with a huge sound, and despite only having six songs on this CD, they are all lengthy pieces. The shortest is 7min 45sec. The band have been in formation since 1999, and were previously known as Labyrinth before that, with three albums to their name between 1991 and 1998.

The Songs
With lengthy arrangements on hand and a Canadian singer in tow, it would be easy to make references to everybody's favourite prog band Dream Theater. That would be far too convenient, and I don't think Unified Past are quite up on the same tier as DT, but who knows how this lot will develop? There are some tasty arrangements, excellent vocals from Mr Naro, and the musicianship is top notch. They obviously haven't discovered the meaning of the word 'commercial', and won't be delivering a shortened hit single anytime soon, but I don't think hard core prog fans give a toss about that.

In Summary
You should be able to find this relatively easy on the Net, and if you like prog with a super melodic voice in the vein of Jon Anderson or an AOR belter like Lou Gramm in his prime, then check out Phl Naro and Unified Past. [word count 263]

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#1 | rkbluez on February 21 2016 01:20:09
Great CD!
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