Presto Ballet has been absent from the progressive rock scene since their 2005 release 'Peace Among The Ruins,' a fantastic debut. Now, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof returns with a brilliant reflection of 70's progressive rock. By his own admission, Mr. Vanderhoof admires and heralds this era as some of the best of the best. With the Presto Ballet, he attempts to capture beauty and musical scale of this time. Presto Ballet succeeds and excels in this attempt. 'The Lost Art Of Time Travel' is even better than their first work. I listened to it over and over again and this is simply magnificent prog rock.
I don't really need to go into great detail in this review. It is enough to say that every track on 'The Lost Art Of Time Travel' is great and incredibly enjoyable. If you think you have stepped back in time, you have. Vanderhoof and company rely on analog synthesizers, a true Hammond organ and Mellotron to whisk you away to a time almost forgotten. You will hear influences from Yes, Genesis, ELP,even some Styx and much more. On "One Tragedy At A Time' the vocal arrangements significantly blend the best from Yes and The Beatles. Presto Ballet also easily transcends borders. On 'Easy Tomorrow,' the prog is self-evident, but it sound more like a melodic hard rocker than anything else. Because I loved the entire work, it's hard to pick a favorite. But the aforementioned 'Easy Tomorrow,' 'The Mind Machine,' 'Thieves,' and 'You're Alive' are dead bang terrific songs.
Presto Ballet's 'The Lost Art Of Time Travel' is simply brilliant. It may easily become my top pick of 2008 in the progressive category. Get to their web site and purchase it; you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Presto Ballet's 'The Lost Art Of Time Travel' is simply brilliant. This is creative and classic 70's influenced progressive rock. It doesn't get any better than this, my friends.
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