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Dissonati: Reductio Ad Absurdum
Dissonati - Reductio Ad Absurdum Review

Dissonati: Reductio Ad Absurdum

Progressive Rock
3.5/5.0

Dissonati is a trio of fellows from the Seattle area collectively delivering some traditional progressive rock on their debut album Reductio Ad Absurdum. A spin or two will convince you of their old school influences.

Dissonati Band Photo

Dissonati: jamming in the backyard.

You'll likely hear nods to Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, but also some more recent spirits like Porcupine Tree. Reductio Ad Absurdum is a well-rounded album with good musicianship, intriguing arrangements, and understated, yet crisp, production. Most of the songs were composed by guitarist Ron Rutherford, who sometimes has a Fripp-like style. Yet, throughout, he delivers with his own versatility and creativity.

The interesting thing about Dissonati is their ability to deliver both accessible and avant garde prog rock, while all the time not forfeiting complexity or skill. The former comes through on the friendly Senescence, the latter on the longest track, Sleeper. On this song about four minutes in the band gives the listener and experimental fusion-like breakdown. It's an interesting piece, but some might find it a bit indulgent. Finally, you'll have to bear with Rutherford's vocals; he has a very sullen droning style, but some how it's effective for Dissonati's style of prog.

With their technical ability and nods to classic prog, Dissonati show real promise with the interesting and intriguing Reductio Ad Absurdum. We can expect more and better things in the future. Recommended.






In Short

With their technical ability and nods to classic prog, Dissonati show real promise with the interesting and intriguing Reductio Ad Absurdum. Recommended.

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