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Proximal Distance

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A progressive rock collaboration of Slychosis and Majestic
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Algol
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2. The Shaman
8:02 $0.99
3. Gypsy
11:22 $0.99
4. Contemplation
3:17 $0.99
5. Flashback to Now (A Hippy's Lament)
4:40 $0.99
6. Deep Space Intermission
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7. Leaves Fall
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8. Journey of Truth
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9. Coherence
7:54 $0.99
10. Expanding Universe
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Album Notes
What do you get when you combine Slychosis and Majestic? What a stupid question. It’s Proximal Distance of course. Proximal Distance began as a collaboration between Gregg Johns and Jeff Hamel, the masterminds of Slychosis and Majestic, respectively. Majestic’s Jessica Rasche was brought in to handle the vocals, while Jeremy Mitchell and Todd Sears from the Slychosis camp play drums/percussion. The band says: “Taking from both Gregg and Jeff’s progressive influences, the Proximal Distance sound is along the lines of Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Saga and many more 70’s-style influences and should please even the most hardcore progressive rock listeners.” Those influences are present, with Pink Floyd dominant (and we might add early Nektar), but the overall feel is more contemporary than that might suggest. For one, there is a slight metal influence. Not surprisingly, the album sounds like a blend of Majestic and Slychosis, except that the Genesis influence heard on Slychedelia is downplayed. There is a wealth of sonic details in the quieter sections. With a playing time of 74-minutes, there is a lot to absorb here, and it’s difficult to sum it all up in a few words. Ultimately, their sound may be defined most by the fact the composers are both principally guitarists, and guitarists and keyboardists tend to write and arrange differently, particularly when it comes to classical music influences. Since guitarists have come to greatly outnumber true keyboardists in modern prog, that is one reason Proximal Distance sound contemporary even though the music draws heavily from classic prog. Beautiful artwork throughout the booklet from Russian artist Vladimir Moldavsky.



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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-Zine

Proximal Distance is a sophisticated musical project, featuring two incredible m
The band and Record of the month at Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-Zine

Proximal Distance is a sophisticated musical project, featuring two incredible musicians, Jeff Hamel from "Majestic" and Gregg Johns from "Slychosis", both are considered as a multi-instrumentalist, where together for the first time, started to build strong musical ideas, creating an innovative and solid music with a varied collection of styles and influences, taking inspiration in the past, with a creativity in combining elements of Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock, Neo-Progressive, Progressive Metal and Symphonic Metal adding a dark atmosphere and some electronic textures. The band's music impressed me, because they use a varied instrumental conception, blending symphonic arrangements with heavy and aggressive components with extensive instrumental parts. The main highlights on the instrumentation are the amazing duels from two different guitars' solos, sometimes melodic and sometimes aggressive, acompained by symphonic and atmospheric keyboards, producing incredible melodies. On vocals, we have Jessica Rasche (check out "Majestic" Band), singing in a distinctive style that fits perfectly in all the compositions, her voice is so clear and melodic, with an ability to create many different vocal tones, sounding between "Tracy Hitchings" - "Landmark", "Robin (Marta Kniewska)" - "Strawberry Fields", "Christina Maria Booth" - "Magenta" and "Rachel Jones" -"Karnataka". "Proximal Distance" contains ten incredible tracks, 74 min of a pure musical delight, full of magic moments. You must listen the songs "Algol", "The Shaman", "Gypsy", "Flashback to Now (A Hippy's Lament)", "Journey of Truth", "Coherence" and "Expanding Universe", that of course, would please all fans to the old and new progressive rock. For the best reference, the musical ideas on the project, follows in the same line such as the bands "Pink Floyd", "Arena", "Slychosis", "Porcupine Tree", "IQ", "Majestic", "Riverside", "Magenta", "Mostly Autumn", "Landmark" and "Ayreon". Brilliant, fantastic, and an amazing album, highly recommendable...