Special Providence: Review of new album Essence Of Change published.

The Prog Sphere website has published a review of the latest Special Providence album Essence Of Change. It was written by   and an excerpt is given below:

The album starts with “Awaiting,” a heavy hitter that from the beginning shows how far the band came from “Soul Alert,” with evident evolution in songwriting, arranging and production. Special Providence skilfully manipulate by crossing over progressive metal and fusion. All the jarring, complex barrages of precise musical mayhem are delivered with their usual sparkling efficiency in the following “Surprise Me,” which features an incredible solo by guitarist Marton Kertesz. After all, for pure playing prowess, Marton, new keyboardist Zsolt Kaltenecker, bassist Attila Fehervari, and drummer Adam Marko do not have many of mortal equals.
But this is not just a Herculean contest to try one’s technical proficiency in order to see how many notes or time changes can be delivered per second. Although instrumental music is eligible to such a statement, Special Providence demonstrate their ability to take that power and convert it into elegant, even stately song forms. One of many examples of that on the album is “Northern Lights,” the song that was available as a video months prior the album release.
Essence of Change” features enough intensely inviting melodies in shorter-form tunes to really give it a feel of a lucrative, not just artistic force of nature, resulting in numbers such “Atlas of You,” “I.R.P.,” and “Darkness.” The rugged musical landscapes on “Essence of Change” are naturally punctuated with gusts of wildly inventive solos courtesy of Kertesz and Kaltenecker. They generate their own weather system, duelling, erupting and hypnotizing before always bringing it back to some rewarding musical space, be it a lush jazz fusion-inspired meadow or some heavy-hitting metallic cauldron. Special Providence have never seemed more vital or ambitious, and without showing off, they prove what makes them the best at what they do.
As for the album’s longest piece, we are treated to the multicoloured “Gas Giants,” which featuresDavid Maxim Micic of Serbian metal band Destiny Potato providing astounding guitar solo. Jam-packed with a head-spinning mix of quiet interludes, face melting jams and, courtesy of Fehervariand Marko, forests full of rhythmic majesty, this suite summarises what “Essence of Change” is about. The album closes with a bonus track “Testing the Empathy,” recorded in 2013.
Essence of Change” pushes the envelope into some new musical dimension, a cosmic realm reserved for the best. Special Providence teach how an instrumental, progressive recording should sound in 2015. The band’s recent signing for UK label GEP is hopefully a good indicator for many great things to happen in the future. We’ll be there. Class dismissed.
“Essence of Change” is out on March 30 via GEP, pre-order album here.
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