Network — The Little Blue Book
((Not on label) no#, 1996, MC)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
Some may remember Network from their album Corroded Paths released about three years ago. Members of the band (a five-piece from the UK) all seem to be involved in numerous projects, including Groon, Conglomerate, and the death-prog-metal outfit Necropolis (reviewed elsewhere in this issue), the common thread throughout being drummer Steve Clarke. The earlier Network release was a more jazz-rock-fusion oriented release, recalling Brand X, mid-period Return to Forever, and perhaps Tribal Tech. On this demo, which consists of one long fifteen minute track, the band has stretched out into more typically progressive territory while retaining their elemental fusion stylings. The result is quite good, perhaps moving in the general direction of the recent incarnations of Kenso, incorporating more melodic color and discrete tonal shading, while forgoing some of the aggressive power-punch. The track still sounds a bit unfinished, though... just when things are smoking along, the piece sort of dies and remains unresolved. Hopefully the piece will be better concluded by the time it makes a CD appearance.
Related artist(s): Network / Conglomerate / Groon
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