The Proggers from Baltimore, Maryland, who named themselves after the supreme of all gods who can make matter out of thought (Tolkien), produced three rather mediocre albums in the nineties. Now, after 15 years of radio silence, the fourth studio album is released. With "From The Silence" Glenn McLaughlin (voc), Dennis Mullin (g), Jim Rezek (keys), Chris Mack (dr) and Dean Morekas (b) have put aside the tranquillity of earlier days and given their Neoprog an infusion of retroprog and rock. Symphonic keyboard passages, elegiac piano parts and expressive as well as versatile electric guitars determine the melodic events next to the singing reminiscent of Peter Gabriel. The bass contributes massive riffs and contrapuntal playing and, together with the dynamic and flexible drums, builds a solid foundation for excursions into spherical ("Until") to experimental ("The Silence") realms. Examples for the good cooperation of the musicians is "Across The Coals", which is lively and complex, but also airy and highly melodic, as well as covering the whole spectrum of the band..
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