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Syzygy - The Allegory Of Light

Syzygy - The Allegory Of LightSyzygy started off as Witzend (they like their zís, donít they?), and after a long absence from the release of their debut album back in 1993 (see Cosmos And Chaos for review and line-up), they have honed their art and come up with The Allegory Of Light.  If you have not read my review on Cosmos And Chaos, I recommend you do so first and return to this page.

The first three tracks, M.O.T.H., Beggarís Tale and Distant Light are grouped together under the banner ĎThe Allegory Of Lightí, and introduce the vocal talents of Paul Mihacevich (M.O.T.H.) and Carl Baldassare (Beggarís Tale).  The first track is seriously hard prog rock with ELP/Glass Hammer keyboard intro, progressing into moments of Tull, Gentle Giant and Genesis.  In contrast, the second track is a delicate acoustic flowing piece with a vaguely familiar melody reminiscent of say The Beatles or perhaps Alan Parsons Project.  The final track within this section takes on a Spockís Beard feel, i.e. complex and modern with a hint of the past.  Altogether, a great start to the album.

Tracks four (Zinjanthropus) and five (Industryopolis) come under the banner ĎIn The Age Of Mankindí, and have a variety of influences the main ones being King Crimson and Gentle Giant.

Style reverts once again to a gentle acoustic piece in Forbidden with Carl on vocals, and has a medieval Mediterranean feel.  Nice.  Only three tracks have a vocal element, the lyrics of which are well constructed and therefore memorable for those solo driving expeditions when one sings along to the music looking to other motorists like a complete ar.. Well, you know what I mean.

Penultimate track, Light Speed, seems a little out of place initially with the rest of the album.  Fast and heavy rock boogie shouldnít fit in here but 30 seconds into the track and somehow it does.

In fact, Light Speed provides a good intro to The Journey Of Myrrdin, which commences in a similar style and quickly moves on into a prog epic of just under 18 minutes duration.  Touches of Camelís Andy Latimer (at full pelt) style guitar work, majestic Keith Emerson/Tony Banksí keys and Carl Palmer drumming and a hint of Frippism are all there yet the combined sound is totally Syzygy.

Syzygy has found its feet with The Allegory Of Light.  The music flows and the tracks have a cohesion that makes the album, something their debut album was missing (great tracks but they didnít sit easily with each other).  Whichever of their two albums you end up buying first, youíll miss a lot if you donít get the other.  Recommended.

Jem Jedrzejewski



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