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Box Of Shamans aren't your average Prog act and their 'Belief And Illusion' isn't your average Prog debut... how refreshing!

Back in issue #67 I could be found extolling the virtues of Heliopolis, a band likened to everything from Yes to Spock's Beard, Mars Hollow to IQ and Genesis to Transatlantic. Surely that would be enough for any musician steeped in the world of Prog? Well, apparently not, as the debut from Box Of Shamans finds three members of Heliopolis (Michael Matier (Ten Jinn), Jerry Beller (Mars Hollow) and Scott Jones (Rocket Scientists)) stretching their wings yet further.

And further in all directions, beautiful almost A Cappella vocal tracks neatly nestle alongside galloping Progressive Rock that pushes keenly at the boundaries. The short 'All For You' fits the bill on the former, the frantic, eclectic 'Optical Delusion' the latter, where a full-on smash of the accessible sing-along of Elephants Of Scotland wheels straight into Adrian Belew era King Crimson. It's all challenging, yet startlingly memorable.

'Circumstances Divide' brings us right back into song led fare, Jones' Jon Anderson meets Geddy Lee vocal whisking you along on a beautiful turn of guitar, although even here a darker bite never leaves any doubt that these Shamans won't simply provide an easy ride. A captivating jaunt it is though, melody always as important as dexterity; something the ten minute plus album defining 'The Search' confirms as its many and varied themes engage the senses.

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MH, Peter Gabriel, Yes, Camel, it's all here and so much more. That hit of Prog past and present that the Yanks do so well these days in evidence throughout. 'May Daze' once more highlights the stunning vocal interplay this trio are capable of, almost as much it does the diversity, just as 'An Illusionary Ploy' veers dangerously near to pushing over the edge as the melody comes close to the sound of a band falling down the stairs; a superb solo and airy atmosphere saving the teetering trio.

Box Of Shamans aren't your average Prog act and their 'Belief And Illusion' isn't your average Prog debut... how refreshing!

Steven Reid

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