Spoke of Shadows’ Hybrid Progressive Music

Spoke of Shadows – Spoke of Shadows (Firepool Records, 2014)

This is a great progressive rock album that was nearly overlooked. Spoke of Shadows is a musical project developed by drummer Bill Bachman (Neal Morse, Michael Harris) and Warr guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Cook (Herd of Instinct).

The music has connections with Herd of Instinct and modern King Crimson. You’ll hear technically proficient performances with powerful drums, memorable solos and the looping character of the Warr guitar; but what makes this collaboration more exciting is the fact that the musicians add classic symphonic progressive rock elements (particularly prog-era Genesis) to the mix, making this recording an absolute delight. Imagine modern King Crimson plus mellotron, synths and flutes.

The lineup on this album includes Bill Bachman on drums; Mark Cook on Warr guitar, mellotron, guitars, strings, ADG fretless bass, synthesizers, Rhodes, kaossilator, and organ; Tony Rohrbough on guitar; Bob Fisher on flute; Michael Harris on guitar; Gayle Ellett on mellotron and Rhodes; and Jeff Plant on fretless bass.

 

Spoke of Shadows masterfully bridges contemporary and classic progressive rock styles.

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