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As We Were

a Studio release
Amalgam Effect

Release Year: 2017

Date Label Catalog # Comments
13 Oct 2017 CD (Comes in elegant gatefold card case featuring artwork by Jasmine Zion. Includes 8-page booklet.), Digital

Recorded at UI Sound Studios in Boulder, CO
Produced by Evan “Doublemint” Reeves & Amalgam Effect
Co-Produced by Max Nordby
Engineered by Evan Reeves, Max Nordby & Jackson Prince
Mixed/Mastered by Chris Scott
Executive Producer: Calvin “This Guy” Merseal 

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 11/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 2/18/2018 2:52:00 PM by: Marc
  1. Identify - 8:02
  2. Against the Grain - 8:10
  3. Out of Time - 6:06
  4. Generation Bridge 10:32
  5. The Smoking Remains - 4:01
  6. To Be Another - 8:13
  7. Lonesome Night - 5:21
  8. Turning Cards - 3:09
  9. Choose - 3:20
  10. Dangerous Games - 4:41
  11. Oil and Water - 5:52
  12. Do You Remember? - 8:10

Matt Spivack
Vocals, Flute, Guitar, Keyboards (5-9)

Kody Little
Guitar, Vocals, Gypsy (8)

Chris Childress
Bass, Bass Synthesizers (1,12)

Calvin Merseal
Drums, Keyboards (2,3,6,10)


Bill Hussung: Keyboards (1,4,11,12)
Sadie Trigg: Vocals (10,11)

Reviewed by Marc on 18 Feb 2018

Amalgam Effect is one of many bands revisiting the great 70's prog sound and As We Were is their newest album.

Because of the strong presence of flute, acoustic guitar and bluesy lead guitar, Jethro Tull is an obvious reference to be made. This being said, Amalgam Effect's music is, in good part, darker and heavier then Jethro Tull (i.e. in a Genesis circa ''The Knife'' sort of way). Still, a number of more acoustic shorter songs are also present on As We Were but, somewhat surprisingly, I am not at all reminded of Jethro Tull. If I were to pick an influence it would be the Strawbs, in part because Matt Spivack's voice is closer to David Cousins than Ian Anderson.

If you wish to hear some new 70's inspired prog rock, and even more if you are fan of the bands I have listed in this review, As We Were by Amalgam Effect is certainly an album you will want to get your hands on. Recommended!!