Relic of the Modern World is a quick forty-two minutes consisting of five, mostly longish compositions. Relic of the Modern World is a great addition to their musical catalog and my collection. Songs will start and stop, change musical direction, explode and diminish in volume all the while shifting gears rhythmically. . These are wonderfully melodic tunes composed and arranged with a high degree of sophistication and cleverness.
I had the opportunity to see Presto Ballet live at Calprog a few years back and have to say I really enjoy the music these guys create. The songs are a little more focused on melody, hooks and song structure, it's definitely more on the melodic rock side and it has all the elements of the things that this band loves most about music! It may not be the most challenging or complex prog on the planet but it has plenty of hooks and more than enough musical change-ups to satisfy my listening pallet. As epics go, this is a good one, made up of multiple parts each weaving their way to the stories uplifting major chord conclusion. The music is first and foremost tuneful, major-chord, chock-full of melodies and hummable parts but then they apply layers and layers of musical performance. Stylistically Presto Ballet inhabits the world of music made popular by bands such as Styx, Magnum and perhaps a little Kansas. Created by former Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof guitars, keyboards , Presto Ballet has seen more than its fair share of personnel changes and this time the rest of the band consists of Chuck Campbell vocals , Kerry Shacklett keyboards, backing vocals , Bobby Ferkovich bass, backing vocals and Chris G drums.
While their sound is often compared to the early works of Kansas, Rush, and Yes, Presto Ballet still maintains its own identity. Founded by Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof in 2005, Presto Ballet combines the melodic and harmonic old school aspects with the neo progressive rock sound of today. . . .
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