Relatively obscure and missing from the world stage for nearly 15 years, Pangea returns with their long-lost third album, cleverly named Retrospectular. Their early success came in the early 1990's, first in Japan and Southeast Asia. Interest rose for them in Europe with their second album Manchild. Running on the steam of fortune, Pangea entered the studio for an ambitious and expensive project. This was derailed by a poor market climate in Japan and, worse, the closing of the studio. Only parts of the recording were salvaged. Pangea spun their wheels wondering what to do next, and eventually broke up by 2008. However, this division was short-lived as they band regrouped to bring Retrospectular back to life.
Retrospectular is based solidly in the melodic hard rock of the late 80's and early 90's, though there are no hints of the formers glam days or the latter's promising grunge movement. Rather, this work is punctuated by strong vocals, melodies, and terrific hooks over unquestionable musicianship. Many songs, like Time's Up, Hold Your Fire, or Don't Let Go deliver a toe-tapping groove. Then Pangea can also deliver rugged melodic hard rock on TNT and 2 AM. Throughout their song craftsmanship is preeminent with the song, House of Love, showing Pangea's deliberate enthusiasm and true accessibility. While some my find this music dated or incongruent for the times (notably in America), Pangea's groove-laden melodic hard rock should resonate with fans of the genre in Europe and elsewhere. Hopefully, the resurrection of the lost third album will encourage and propel Pangea to a future fourth album.
While some my find this music dated or incongruent for the times (notably in America), Pangea's groove-laden melodic hard rock should resonate with fans of the genre around the world.
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