Elias "ProgFather" Metallinos
It’s very important for a band to create its very personal style and to differentiate itself from other bands by applying its own music seal. I believe that prog related band GREAT EASTERN is on the right track even though this review is about an EP!
The result of this mini-work was pleasantly surprising! Pluralism of sounds in all four tracks of the EP, with the band being in high composing spirits traversing a great deal of large progressive routes! Their systematic and dedicated work has ultimately led them to many more steps upon the prog mountains in comparison with their initial EP releases.
And what about the production? This is spotless! All songs are presented with crystal-clear sound that everyone, musician or not, can comprehend and stand out, especially the creativity of each musician on his instrument!
The cover also is very interesting; it prepares you the most for what follows and is open to numerous interpretations depending on your mood and your artistic gusto!
Yet, I strongly believe that the melancholic hue of vocals which is dominant through all songs (an important element of differentiation between GREAT EASTERN’s music and that of other bands though) is abundantly given; in greater quantities than it’s usually asked and accepted. This hue runs independently of tempi throughout all four songs and what you have here is four music “packets” with different content but the same “wrapper”. This is something that the guys have to keep in mind from now on; the name of the band is not always bound with the general mood of the songs. I believe that many bands do that in the musicc vein, thus listeners lose the magic of their initial suspense for the songs. But this is definitely something malleable and it depends on each listener’s interpretations!
Of course, my expectations for their upcoming debut album are escalating! Yours?