Exposé Online banner

Prometheus — Prometheus
(Deep Music DM 021, 1994, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 1996-03-01

Prometheus Cover art

Prometheus is led by the dual guitars of Steve Ball and Sanford Ponder. Although Ponder was one of the original "Private Music" gang, don't let that fool you into thinking that this is some type of wimpy New Age album because it's not. Almost all the tracks are fast-paced, heavy-guitar, wreck-the-bed rock and roll. Odd time signatures, Hammond organ, blazing solos, and "the long song" are always a plus, and Prometheus uses just the right amount of all of these ingredients to make a tasteful album. The interplay between guitars is fantastic and the songwriting is quite strong too. The twin guitar work is reminiscent of Gamalon or even recent recordings by Fish. While many twin guitar bands fall into the trap of having one person essentially doubling the other, Prometheus proves that both guitars can complement each other and add something greater than the sum of the individual parts. Recent King Crimson addition Pat Mastelotto plays drums on the album, though on the whole the drums are too low in the mix. Robert Fripp's influence abounds as well – the patented tritones from "Assault on the Consensus," the polyrhythmic ostinatos of "The Spectacle," and the Frippertonic-esque "Redemption." Other than the slight complaint about the mix and the drums this is a really good album. "Assault on the Consensus" is one of the best songs and illustrates all that is good about the album – great solos by all instruments, nice instrumental sections, and interesting vocal parts. It's all there. Are these guys Greek gods or something?


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Pat Mastelotto, Prometheus

Latest news

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Genre Peak - Ends of the Earth – Genre Peak is the trio of Martin Birke (vocals, drum programming, percussion), Daniel Panasenko (Stick, upright bass), and Stephen Sullivan (guitar, guitar synth, backing vocals). I reviewed an album...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues