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by Puppet Show

Modern, hard-driving progressive rock with deep prog roots.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The King Always Wins
0:52 $0.99
2. Relativity
11:56 $0.99
3. As Ye Hath Sown
6:53 $0.99
4. Marathon
14:01 $0.99
5. In The Heart of Man
12:04 $0.99
6. The Ring of Truth
9:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Puppet Show is at the forefront of the long-time underground revolution known to its constituents as "Progressive Rock", or "Prog"... but their music transcends these boundaries into mainstream rock and beyond.

Hailing from the heart of the "Silicon Valley" in Northern California, Puppet Show plays in the spirit of '70's classic progressive bands, but with an updated, modern sound. They combine rich melodies with odd meter and textured vocals to create a sound which appeals to fans of both classic and modern prog. Their sound has drawn widespread comparisons...

"Genesis seems to be their obvious big influence to me..."
"This reminded me strongly of Marillion [and Genesis]..."
"they did not sound like another Marillion/Genesis clone"
"This band reminds me a little of Cairo..."
"...the only obvious influence I can pick out is early Kansas..."
"If had to compare them to [a modern band], it'd probably be Echolyn..."
"[Puppet Show is] heavily influenced by Saga and Dream Theater..."
"[their sound is] a mix of Procol Harum and UK, T. Rex and Marillion.."
...with such diverse comparisons as those, you'll just have to listen and decide for yourself!

Perhaps Chris Dixon of the Prog-Net web site said it best:

"Puppet Show is very difficult to categorize, but I suppose they could be summarized as symph prog with a large helping of attitude and aggression. I would not go as far as to say that they are a prog-metal band.

"Fantastically furious and complex one moment, subtle and contemplative the next; they avoid the primary weaknesses of the metal genre, such as overly crunchy and unrelenting guitar assaults. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon composition, which really keeps the epic works together and tight.

"Puppet Show will especially appeal to fans of progressive music who wish to hear more power and energy in their music, but are tired of bands being "something else" first, and progressive as an afterthought."



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Vito Genovese

An all-around pretty cool release
I'm always extremely cautious when I approach neo-progressive music; it isn't that there is anything wrong with neo-prog; it's just that there's a tendency for bands (especially the '90s ones) to overdue the cheese factor. After all, this isn't even the progressive rock era anymore. Hearing progressive music that comes after the 70s that doesn't suck is something that all of us are surprised at. Yet, it happens, and we need to find the bands who really are worth our time in the sea of mediocrity that is (a good deal of post-70s) progressive rock.

Puppet Show intrigued me from the descriptions I read about them. A lot of people say that they sound like Genesis and Marillion (something that we'll analyze in a little bit). That was enough for me, so I figured I'd give this band a shot.

My very first criticism to the people of Puppet Show is this: the vocals aren't placed well in the mix. I think that if the vocals were right in front of the instruments, it would have made for a better sound. While there's no reason to need to mask the sound of the instruments (I have to say, the technical skill portrayed here is something to marvel at), there's no reason to mask the vocals either. I like the singer to be right up front about what he's saying. Maybe it's just me, but that was one thing that bugged me. Another criticism is this: there are certain parts that sound like their heart isn't in it. I mean, who am I to say if they're into their own music? Only they can know that. All I'm saying is that there are parts where the band sounds disconnected with one another. Take "Relativity" for example: the singer sounds like he isn't in the same state-of-mind as his bandmates. That's a problem; musical chemistry is really important in progressive music, and there are times when it kinda slags a bit. Still, there are a lot of very good, emotional moments where they really are doing well ("Marathon" stands out in this respect).

Genesis and Marillion? You betcha. I cannot tell you who the singer sounds like more: Gabriel or Fish. Seriously, you tell me. Sometimes he sounds more like one, sometimes the other. He has that moderate accent that Gabriel maintains, but the biting power that Fish sometimes uses. It's really a lovely blend of voice. A nice British voice to counteract the cliche but always awesome proggy keyboards is a trademark. The songs here follow the length of Genesis more than Marillion, but there is a certain sentiment in the words and atmosphere that reminds me of even Hogarth-era Marillion. Pretty much, people weren't far off when they made such a comparison. Just remember one thing: this isn't Genesis, and this isn't Marillion. This is Puppet Show.

In the long run, Puppet Show has made a pretty interesting and overall decent album here. This is one of the albums that you can safely checkoff on your list of "Good Obscure Prog to Get" (who has this sort of list?). An all-around pretty cool album.