Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-Zine
Proximal Distance is a sophisticated musical project, featuring two incredible m
The band and Record of the month at Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-Zine
Proximal Distance is a sophisticated musical project, featuring two incredible musicians, Jeff Hamel from "Majestic" and Gregg Johns from "Slychosis", both are considered as a multi-instrumentalist, where together for the first time, started to build strong musical ideas, creating an innovative and solid music with a varied collection of styles and influences, taking inspiration in the past, with a creativity in combining elements of Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock, Neo-Progressive, Progressive Metal and Symphonic Metal adding a dark atmosphere and some electronic textures. The band's music impressed me, because they use a varied instrumental conception, blending symphonic arrangements with heavy and aggressive components with extensive instrumental parts. The main highlights on the instrumentation are the amazing duels from two different guitars' solos, sometimes melodic and sometimes aggressive, acompained by symphonic and atmospheric keyboards, producing incredible melodies. On vocals, we have Jessica Rasche (check out "Majestic" Band), singing in a distinctive style that fits perfectly in all the compositions, her voice is so clear and melodic, with an ability to create many different vocal tones, sounding between "Tracy Hitchings" - "Landmark", "Robin (Marta Kniewska)" - "Strawberry Fields", "Christina Maria Booth" - "Magenta" and "Rachel Jones" -"Karnataka". "Proximal Distance" contains ten incredible tracks, 74 min of a pure musical delight, full of magic moments. You must listen the songs "Algol", "The Shaman", "Gypsy", "Flashback to Now (A Hippy's Lament)", "Journey of Truth", "Coherence" and "Expanding Universe", that of course, would please all fans to the old and new progressive rock. For the best reference, the musical ideas on the project, follows in the same line such as the bands "Pink Floyd", "Arena", "Slychosis", "Porcupine Tree", "IQ", "Majestic", "Riverside", "Magenta", "Mostly Autumn", "Landmark" and "Ayreon". Brilliant, fantastic, and an amazing album, highly recommendable...