PRESTO BALLET Peace Amongst The Ruins Inside Out (2005)
This is the new band put together by former Metal Church/Vanderhoof
guitarist Kurt Vanderhoof. But the music is nothing like the metal assault
of Metal Church or the more hard rock leanings of Vanderhoof. Instead the
music takes a distinct retro path and tips a nod to the classic years from
Kansas, Styx, Rush and the underrated Roadmaster.
If you long for Moogs, mellotrons and some simply stunning harmonies than this album will be a
delight and one to treasure. Just listen to the vocal arrangements on ‘The
Fringes’ (vocalist Scot Albright is ably suited to the big, bombastic
arrangements on the album) or the classic Hammond organ/Moog sounds used on
‘Seasons’ and ‘Find The Time’.
The guitars don’t take a backseat either as the soloing thorough out is high in the mix and you get some blissful
acoustic playing on ‘Bringin’ It On’. Hopefully this band will tour and
continue to release albums as good as this debut.
Wonderful album and recommended to all lovers of classic 70’s pomp/prog
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly