The new offering from UK based female fronted symphonic metallers, Jack\'s Family, is the first release since 2004. It has been long-awaited by JF fans and is the first release since bassist Rich Potter joined in 2003. Respected progressive metal website, Komodorock, were the first to review the CD and gave it glowing praise. Roland Bearne writes.
\"I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I first inserted the Jack’s Family’s CD into the player. The professionally produced cover, booklet and digital artwork gave no hint as to the band’s style. The attention to detail in the presentation of a completely self released work should perhaps have served as hint as to what lay within. ‘One Big Disguise’ features six tracks of expertly crafted progressive metal with superb attention to detail.
Jean-Paul de Havilland’s robust and articulate guitar gives the band its punch backed up by the solid bass lines of Rich Potter and Nicholas Spall’s thunderous and highly skilful drumming. Darren Tansley’s keyboards heighten atmosphere and Kelly Jones fulfils the joint office of vocalist and violin player. The inclusion of the violin is inspired and adds lyrical warmth to the complex melodies as witnessed straight away in disc opener ‘Falling’.
Musically they have a sound very much their own but to risk a comparison would probably place them somewhere between Threshold and Shadow Gallery. Complex is a good word to describe the art of Jack’s Family. The arrangements are intricate and the self analysing angst of the lyrical content is also multi layered, from the violent anger expressed in ‘Cruelty on a Pedestal’ to the bitter irony in ‘Pretty’. Their complexity isn’t cluttered or messy though with every instrument given room to breath, this is quite a feat and is a good indicator of what an accomplished group of musicians this is.
One Big Disguise’ is their third release with an album and an EP already under their belt (‘Poetry of Souls’ in 2002 and ‘Man in the White Coat’ in 2004). There is value for money here! It is slightly strange that they haven’t been picked up by a label yet but if intelligent progressive metal is your thing then divert a small portion of your beer budget to this fine bunch of musicians from Colchester. Jack’s Family; the best kept secret in Essex!\"