The trio behind progressive metal band Zero Hour, brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton (also Cynthesis) and drummer Mike Guy, return with a new prog project and self-titled EP, Abnormal Thoughts. To note at first, this is a wholly instrumental album. Mostly, it's filled with poly-rhythms, abundant riffage, changing time signatures, and Guy's frisky drumming.
The Machine Within basically introduces the texture, tone and patterns of the guitar and drums in the following four-part Velocity and Acceleration. The title is self-defining, as the movement breezes along. Accept for a momentary decelerating conclusion of the first part, it's nearly indistinguishable from what follows. The latter two parts are simply variations on the theme.
Easily the most interesting material is the delightful bass play of Ulnar Nerve Damage and the more traditional, technical, and accessible prog of Electric Sun. While the early material certainly offers the unexpected inventiveness of the Tipton's, Electric Sun seems more defining of their creativity. If this EP is a foretaste of what is to come, the last two songs portend a promising future. Recommended.