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Syndone — Inca
(Vinyl Magic VMNP 05, 1993, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-07-01

Inca Cover art

I reviewed Spleen in the New Italian article some issues back. Inca is the dual keyboard follow up to Spleen and is a big step up in terms of vision and quality. My biggest complaint with groups like Syndone is their penchant to combine complex and involved progressive rock with bouncy pop rhythms and mediocre verse-chorus structures. Like Calliope, Syndone have two prominent styles. Inca opens with a suite of three tracks that portray one of these styles – a keyboard-fronted dynamic rock with driving ever changing rhythms and lots of Hammond and mini moog. This was a great way to start the album. The title track portrays the other style – boom BASH rhythms all the way through and pop styled vocals and melodies. The rest of the album switches back and forth between these styles, often within one track, and simultaneously switches from excellent to mediocre. I hope for the future the band will continue in their more involved and original style. The whole band is quite talented and do a good job of taking the ELP / Italian classical rock style to a new modern standpoint. We may be hearing good things from this group, Inca is a pretty good release.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1993 releases

Related artist(s): Syndone

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