Essence Of Change
Fourth album from this outstanding jazz metal band from Hungary getting outside exposure with their signing to IQ's Giant Electric Pea label. Special Providence started out their career as a pure fusion band - not unlike Tribal Tech and Return To Forever. With their third album, Soul Alert, the band injected a heavier metal presence primarily in the guitarwork. Essence Of Change carries on from Soul Alert in terms of heaviness and the use of distortion but at the same time there is clearly more of a jazz/fusion emphasis in the writing. This gives us a nicely balanced sound that has a lot of cross over appeal. Liquid Tension Experiment and Morglbl fans will love this and I expect open minded fans of RTF and Mahavishnu will enjoy hearing the young kats update the sound they developed in the 70s. Expect a non-stop assault of laser beam synth solos and blistering distortion laced guitar solos. Yeah this one hits the sweet spot and after many future spins I suspect this will sit at the top of their already impressive discography. BUY OR DIE!!