August in the Urals
This album has 71 minutes of adventurous and diverse progressive music. It's mostly instrumental. There are vocals on parts of all the tracks, especially songs 2 and 3, which some people seem to be ok with but others seem not to like. Instrumentally though, it's really good- a lot of changes and complex arrangements, and a fairly wide range of keyboard and guitar sounds. The production definitely isn't slick, but it's intentionally somewhat raw. The group sprung from the ashes of the Baltimore progressive fusion group Cerebus Effect. After the third Cerebus Effect album 'Acts of Deception,' Dan Britton, who had been working on some new material, suggested to drummer Patrick Gaffney that they try to form a new group to record and possibly perform the material. Eventually, guitarist Dave Berggren joined in and made some valuable contributions of his own. With the acquisition of Brett d'Anon on bass, the group was complete. Brett's uncle Frank, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist in his own right and militant pigeon rights advocate, also sat in on some sessions and added a few parts too.