This album represents wonderful mix of Heavy Prog and 79s Art-Rock. This is a great album and the mighty V hits the mark. Two longer tracks around the twelve minute mark, Of Grand Design and No end To Begin capture the band at their best, shifting between busy dextrous musical workouts and memorable vocal sections. This is the song that really stays with me stuck in my head and is my least favourite. Strong melodies, hooks, hummable choruses.
Posted Monday, August 22, 2011 Review 507271 Preso Ballet is no longer an unknown band to progressive rock fans, they manage to create 3 great albums, at least for me, and since their second release they proven that they are among the best in this filed in last years. To these ears this is heavy-progressive music, although the band defines itself as neo-progressive, while on this site, it's called crossover progressive music! Great instrumental passage with soaring synthesizers leading the way. I'm old enough to remember the classic years of progressive rock, not the widdlers. Still keeping to his classic 70's progressive rock roots, Kurdt Vanderhoof serves up another hard rockin' classic prog album. Here's hoping that this is not just a 'one off' project.
This track is more accessible than the opening track as this one is softer. But the music is entirely, completely forgettable. The last album that I enjoyed this much was Leftoverture. Overall, it's a group of friends who have established themselves as experienced musicians over the years and who have similar musical pedigrees. The vocals are good and I like the organ solo, and more great guitar.
The influences go way back to the 70s and the classic names but, in opposition to their peers, Presto Ballet can add a very strong Hard Rock attitude to their music. The other moment the music sounds accessible with acoustic rhythm guitar, vocal harmonies and cheerful Minimoog flights, often evoking Styx. Throughout the album there plenty of great Hammond organ to keep vintage keyboard lovers happy, Kerry Shacklett being a particularly excellent player. Tip of the Hat: The pace and intensity slows- a bit- then picks right back up, and slows again. Recommended, all 3 albums, you can't go wronng with any of them.
Featuring founding Metal Church guitarist and chief songwriter Kurdt Vanderhoof, Presto Ballet hark back to the days of 2112, Leftoverture, and Fragile -- in other words, you get loads of synthesizer and Hammond organ. It's got everything you'd expect from a 70's-inspired prog rock band - analog keys with a very warm tone, super prog odd time signatures, a killer guitar solo from Vanderhoof that duels fiercely with Cokeley's keyboard run, and in closing, a nifty acoustic guitar that is so seamlessly hidden under a huge organ sound. You got it right here! However, like so many prog rock acts nowadays, the feeling of deja-vu I get when listening to it seems to rob the music of its legitimacy, especially when the bands who made these sounds first did it a lot better. The band is something a la Styx, Uriah Heep, Kansas with a lot in sound of late '70's. Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Review 191560 Presto Ballet is a band formed around the excellent guitar player Kurt Vanderhoof of famous thrash metal band from the '80's glory Metal Church. There is no need to tell you what bands they sound like as the reviewer before me did a fine job with that.
I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it! Let's just put it this way: if you love good music, you have to get this cd!! There are elements of metal here, as well as elements of 70's hard-rock. To realize his ambitious plans, the composer and producer hired an effective team. Good friend of mine who knew I'm a huge fan of prog rock turned me onto this band, and am I glad he did! Crisp, spot-on drumming, gutsy guitars by Kurdt, an array of keyboard sounds from Charles. His retro sounds produced through his vast use of analog keys surround Vanderhoof's flowing guitar lines effectively providing the backbone of the music to a great extent. Forget the typical progressive band with very calm, introspective, spiritual material. On keyboards we have Brian Cokeley formerly of Earth, Quiet Riot and Vanilla Fudge fame.
The best of example of that is in the songs The Fringes and Seasons. In the middle of the track piano Brian Cokeley and keyboard give very nice music interlude combined with hard-edge guitar work. Instrumental passages that soar, then recede, only to soar again. Their sound is highly reminiscent of 1970s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as Yes and Kansas. There's hints of Deep Purple, Yes, Camel and Uriah Heep here.
He also had a hard rock band named simply Vanderhoof. Additionally, although the majority of the tracks stretch past the five-minute mark, songwriting remains the main focus. I may have a slight preference for previous vocalist Scott Albright but Ronny Munroe is a worthy successor with an equally histrionic rock style. Now, I was was surprised to see a musician who was one of the most influencial in thrash zone 20 years ago to come with a total diffrent aproach with Presto Ballet - progressive rock. Possibly the most notable thing about Presto Ballet's sound is their vocalist Ronny Munroe, who sounds like he should be fronting a heavy metal band rather than a retro-prog outfit. Kind of busy and intense with changes of tempo. From twanging guitars and sparkling Grand piano to swinging bass guitar, powerful Hammond runs and fat Minimoog flights in the varied The Mind Machine.
Find The Time 7:18 5. There are gentle vocals and a sing-able chorus. Vanderhoof produced this record on his own and this song is proof that he's done a very good job. Think of Styx with no Dennis De Young songs, a harder sounding guitar and a Hammond with James Young on lead vocals. But later on, the production of prog records became increasingly sterile, with the instrumentalists never ever dropping a note. For fans of bands like Yes, Genesis, Kansas, Magnum, Deep Purple, Savatage or Dream Theater.
I like the sounds of clavinet during the tenure of rhythm section and also the musical break where the music is toned down while the mellotron sounds enter beautifully. If Vanderhoof can put out this high a quality prog album, what can't he do? Presto Ballet's music is an upbeat mixture of Hemispheres-era Rush and Kansas, heartwarming melodic prog that gets the tenants of being 'prog' down, without necessarily crossing over and getting truly inventive with it. The album ends with a pleasant 70's American ballad, amongst the weakest moments on this record. Those Hammond organ growls always make me smile, and the all-too-brief mellotron passage. Vanderhoof is obviously a very good guitarist in his own right, but he rarely lets loose and shows the listener his talent; his riffs are always kept within the context of the song.