Various Artists — Progressive DisDURPance Vol.3
((Not on label) DURP no#, 2001, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2002-09-01Here’s a compilation from the folks behind the German prog-rock fan-site DURP that serves as promotion for both the bands as well as the website. With Germans you’d expect a healthy dose of prog-metal and you certainly get it here. Bands like TellTaleHard and Prototype ply standard prog-metal fare with even the most successful, Tunnelvision, offering nothing new in this realm. We also get a dose of melodic prog pop from Canada’s Mystery and Americans Salem Hill, and there’s even a Peter Gabriel-like remix from Body Full of Stars. Things improve further with the tasty power prog rock of Agent Cooper and Sfumato, though the real gems in the collection are Yoke Shire’s richly atmospheric “The Brook the Mirror and the Maiden” as well as the prog-rock ethnic fusion of Paranoise. The surprise track from Germany’s Platos Halo mixes electronica and avant-pop with Kate Bush vocals that’s a nice change from the testosterone-fest flooding the rest of the disc. Much like Musea’s recent compilations the real worth of this set is that for less than the cost of a regular CD you can sample a whole slew of bands’ music. Plus there’s much here worth investigating, especially if your tastes lean toward the metal end of the spectrum. Side note: the sleeve notes use Enchant as a point of reference for several of these groups’ music. Just goes to show what Germany can do for a band.
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