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There's enough potential in 'Infinite' to suggest that they may be challenging for some honours amongst exalted company.

When it comes to power trios, there have been one or two decent bands down the years. Even across the spectrum of Rock, for every shining star that is Cream, Rush, ELP, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Muse, there will be a whole host of contenders who lay claim to being a member of an exclusive club.

So where do Habu stand? Although their hometown of Ipswich might not be the epitome of a fashionably cool European city, they do boast a Mark Wilkinson designed logo which adorns the subtly dark plain cover of this follow-up to their debut release 'To The Stars'. A broken sand timer spills its contents, from which a bud emerges heralding an album that ponders the question posed by the title. A single word, 'Infinity', and its relevance in the context of time and consequences of our actions, thus edging towards a more Progressive approach, and the musical content bears out the expectation.

The trio – Alex Body (bass and vocals), Andy Clarke (guitar and vocals) and Alex Dunbar (drums) – give themselves plenty of opportunity to veer off into suitably Prog instrumental passages. Nothing over ambitious or indulgent, but shifts in moods, and the most agreeable sound of some deep, chest-rattling bass from pedals or keyboards throughout the journey to the closing title track, which sums up the album pretty well. The odd jerky time signature here and there, and the occasional cryptic lyric, remove the safety net from the material. They add a couple of instrumental exercises in 'Eat The Sun' and 'Isn't This Where We Came In?' to show that they are possibly more comfortable and confident in their instrumental skin rather than in the song-writing aspect.

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'Heavy Chains' doesn't quite match the vibrancy or punch of some of the stronger material, best realised in 'Measure Of A Man', which combines and maintains their more convincing features. Ultimately, they may be most reminiscent of a certain Canadian power/Prog trio (listen to the start of 'A Thing Called Evil') with all sorts of nods to Prog heavyweights (contemporary Spock's Beard springs to mind), while there's a strong element of a relaxed Pink Floyd-y vibe in 'Grain By Grain'.

Habu maybe new kids on the bloc, but there's enough potential in 'Infinite' to suggest that they may be challenging for some honours amongst exalted company.

Mike Ainscoe

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