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The Measure of Time

a Studio release
by
Neverness

Release Year: 2009

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Musea Records (FGBG 4835)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 11/18/2009 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/18/2009 7:21:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Behind Your Face (11:36)
  2. The Measure Of Time (7:23)
  3. The Letter (9:15)
  4. Reing Of Fools (10:35)
  5. Rest In Pieces (11:01)
  6. Shadows Of The Past (11:07)
Javier Nieto
Guitar and Vocals
Victor Perez
Keyboards
Dino Martin
Bass and Backing Vocals
Antolin Olea
Drums and Percussion

Reviewed by Nuno on 20 Dec 2009


This good Spanish prog-rock act is back with their 3rd studio album. Since they first release an album, back in 2002, Neverness has been evolving continuously in their search for a contemporary interpretation of the late 60’s-early 70’s space/psychedelic prog bands with a taste for a more hard rock approach.

In their newest work - The Measure of Time - Neverness keep their experimentalism within an introspective scope framed by those hard prog, spacey, psychedelic bands that, after 40 years, we still keep discovering. Yet this Spanish band is able to bring that feel to a modern sound approach, and a more professional production.
The album starts in an excellent way, with the early Pink Floyd reminiscences in the psychedelic riffs, while the vocals perfectly add a more alternative, almost new age, tone. This Behind your face is a walk around in Neverness’s neighborhood, as the band moves freely and very comfortably, exploring the sounds that really better fit their music. It is, imo, the best track in the album.
The band then explores amore King Crismon riffage in the start of the title track. The tone is shifted and the music suddenly becomes more dramatic and grand, yet loosing that naïf touch provided by the first track’s psychedelic moves.
The band has also evolved greatly in the vocal department. The English spoken is only softly accented, never damaging the goods, and it results very well, as the singing capacity to impose an emotional frame has improved greatly since the second album.
While always keeping the references to (early) Pink Floyd and King Crimson, the band also explores Deep Purple reminiscent guitar lines, and in The Letter it even dares to somehow mix Deep Purple, Van Der Graaf Generator, Marillion and (surprise) the alter-country approach of Bob Seeger.

To summarize, Neverness are able to be consistent and coherent while creative and interpretative. Their very unique sound is backed up by 40 years of music. This band simply takes that, adds a few flavors and interpretation perspectives, a modern handmade suit, and delivers a slow tempo, introspective, spacey and psychedelic experience. Good work!