Day For Night (Metal Blade)
by Martin Popoff
Cool to finally get some progressive hard rock that doesn’t jones on Dream Theater and Yngwie, Spock’s Beard, through four records, arrive at a live and bouncy power chord/keyboard hybrid that sounds like heavy Yes mixed with Kansas, popped fresh with the creative hippy spirit of Phish. Only Detroit’s Tiles is dancing through this same terrain, and it looks good on both of ’em. It’s a verdant, wide-open sort of sound, jammy and belligerent, sorta like bass-fuzzed Abacab/Duke production values stomping all over tunes of a snobbier Genesis period, say And Then There Were Three. A loveable, spontaneous tangle of sonic signals.
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