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A formidable debut album.

Tilt released their debut EP quite a few years ago now and have taken a full five years putting together 'Hinterland', a varied and thoughtful Progressive Rock release with many modern touches and forays into other genres. Mainly consisting of Fish alumni Steve Vantsis (bass, guitar, keys, programming) and Dave Stewart (drums), the band are completed by guitarist Paul Humphreys and superb vocalist Paul Dourley. Fish guitarist Robin Boult also contributes, along with the ex-Marillion front-man's most recent keyboard player John Beck (It Bites) and guitarist/mixing engineer John Mitchell (Arena and almost every other UK Prog band). Vantsis and Dourley have written the music and to their credit it's hard to categorize, other than it is deeply emotional mood music about the human condition and is performed beautifully.

The band catch you on the hop with the sparse and sombre rhythms of opener 'Assembly' which keeps a slow pace but builds in intensity, has rich vocals, uncluttered instrumentation and a vibe so hypnotic that they repeat themes for a further nine minutes at the end of the album under the opposite title of 'Disassembly'. Just when you think you know what they're about, they turn things upside down with the gritty Prog Metal of the title track, which stays tuneful despite the aggression, following it up with the gentle melancholy of 'Against The Rain' and heavy bass groove of the more contemporary 'No Superman'.

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A Pearl Jam/Nickelback vibe pervades the catchy 'Growing Colder', which surprisingly ends with a nice string section, and the same style runs through 'Strontium Burning', to which Dourley's powerful Chad Kroeger/Chris Cornell-style vocals are especially suited. The lengthy 'Bloodline' is probably the best of the lot, with a gentle intro into a great bass line, an intense, faster chorus, a dazzling Mitchell guitar solo and a lazy, almost ambient chill-out ending. The previously mentioned 'Disassembly' is a bit special too with a heartfelt vocal and slowly building melodrama, which has a long fade-out after reaching a crescendo.

With a clear and powerful sound and a great sense of dynamics, the sonics of 'Hinterland' should lend themselves to being performed live in those acoustically sympathetic venues where Prog is usually performed. Tilt have made a formidable debut album and should waste no time in getting to work on the next one, on this evidence they certainly deserve your support.

Phil Ashcroft

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