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A Great Inhumane Adventure by Present

This outing documents the wonderful Belgian progressive-rock quintet’s first USA tour, recorded back in 1998. Featuring American, Dave Kerman on drums and led by guitarist/vocalist Roger Trigaux, the group’s impacting presence is nicely caught on disc with this recently released album.

The band’s action-packed framework is centralized upon odd-metered time signatures, scathing chord progressions and oscillating drums-bass-piano ostinatos. In addition, Trigaux’s stark vocals and harrowing electric guitar lines cast an ominous edge, eliciting notions of a cataclysmic chain of events. No doubt, the musicians’ thrusting attack is effectively captured here, as they drive it all home with a blitzing, yet unequivocally focused, force of energy. There’s nothing delicate or schmaltzy about this lot as they make their points via a whirlwind approach, while maintaining an overall methodology that is unparalleled within prog-rock idioms. (Recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Present
  • CD Title: A Great Inhumane Adventure
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Cuneiform Records
  • Tracks: Delusions, Alone, Le Poison Qui Rend Fou, Laundry Blues, Promenade au Fond d un Canal
  • Musicians: Pierre Chevalier (Roland piano, keyboards), Dave Kerman (drums), Jean-Pierre Mendes (bass), Reginald Trigaux (guitar, vocals), Roger Trigaux (guitars, vocals & keyboards) with Keith Macksound bass solo on #5
  • Rating: Four Stars
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