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Myth of Progress

Myth of Progress

Out now

Essentially a 13-song instrumental psychedelic jam session, Myth of Progress could certainly be fun in a live

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Myth of Progress' Psychedelic Jazz Rock Gets Lost In Repetition On Its Self-Titled Release

myth.jpg
Myth of Progress

Myth of Progress

Out now

Essentially a 13-song instrumental psychedelic jam session, Myth of Progress could certainly be fun in a live setting with the right crowd, but otherwise it's a bit hard to swallow for any amount of time. Each track, from "Mother Chaos" to "Hexagram 23," sounds choppy, misguided and clunky, repeating the same melody over and over with random guitar solos thrown in for flavor.

At times, though, there's a lot of potential for something grand. "Interstellar Spores" features a steady drum beat that's topped with a robust, intricate guitar line that grows on top of itself with new layers filling in the void, only to unfortunately get lost in poorly improvised chaos. The opening track, "Scourge of the Yanker Bankers," begins well enough, with a jazzy feel that's supported with floating guitars and a light drum beat ... then the whole thing hits a wall and falls apart.

The biggest problem, however, is how individualistic the album sounds. What should be an exciting climax is always a mess of spastic, druggy goo -- or three guys playing three different things that have nothing to do with each other, presumably with the lights out. It's obvious there's a lot of talent tucked into each track, but it's all washed out by a complete lack of cohesion. In other words, three musicians who wanted to create three solo albums and instead made one garbled, sort-of-jazzy something or another.

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