"Necrosis" has an element of South American tropical breeze, with Buckingham's snaky lines painting a musical soundscape that mesmerizes. On "Anamorphosis" the group rides the rhythm like a Saturday at the races, working in tandem though vying for victory. Alpers and Elizondo underpin Demopoulos' brilliant discourse throughout and hang on for the dazzling Buckingham break. "Navarac" is the most clever number here, sounding mysteriously like a tune from Mr. Ellington's songbook with a reverse spelling. "Nothingness," with Buckingham on flute, is a beautiful, haunting melody over delicate drumming and imaginative bass work. "Journey To Cydonia" traverses tempos and time changes marvelously and seems to take a musical world tour in the process. Like Al Dimeola, Demopoulos has a facility for distilling a fat musical stylistic toolbox into jaw-droppingly tantalizing lines. The word 'brilliant' is insufficient. Like his bandmates, his is a name that begs wider recognition.
This is visual music. Music that begs the eye to close and the mind to be still. It is a musical journey that is exciting, well-paced and, pardon the cliché, simply brilliant. This tops my list for the best new music I've heard this year. Never mind that it was recorded (and apparently released) in 1997. Well worth searching out.