Skip to main content

Progressive Rock Review: Unified Past-Shifting The Equilibrium

Release Date: 11th Sept 2015
Label: Melodic Revolution Records

Formed back in 1999, Unified Past has its roots much further back in the 1980’s, when Stephen Speelman and Victor Tassone first started to work together, both in various band projects, then as the band, Labyrinth, which released 3 full length albums in the 90’s.

There have been 6 studio albums released by the band prior to Shifting The Equilibrium, out just a couple of months ago. The band on this latest recording comprised Stephen (guitar, keyboards), Victor (drums), Dave Mitchelson (bass) and Phil Naro (vocals) and between them they have an excellent pedigree with vocalist Phil having also been a member of Druckfarben and Corvus Stone. The latter band has also been graced by drums provided by Victor, as has Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5.

Shifting The Equilibrium contains 6 tracks with a playing time slightly in excess of 56 minutes (56.21). Longest and shortest tracks on offer are “Today Is The Day” and “Peace Remains In The World” with playing times of 11:51 and 7:45 minutes respectively.

Opening the proceedings on Shifting The Equilibrium is “Erasure Principle” which starts by grabbing the attention within seconds with the strong guitar riffs, sympathetic keyboards and then the powerful voice of Phil Naro. This opener seems to veer from classic rock to prog rock and onto prog metal then back. “Erasure Principle” is an excellent opening track to the new album.

“Smile (In The Face Of Adversity)” (9:23) is a slower, moodier, darker kettle of fish with crunching guitar and synths supplying an orchestral string effect at times. Stephen also applies some excellent guitar passages throughout the track. The best description of the music thus far would be tight, not too adventurous, competent prog.

The second longest track, by a handful of seconds, “Etched In Stone” (11:06) changes style again and moves into the symphonic prog arena, with superb keyboard passages, backed up by more amazing guitar riffs and topped by the powerful vocals.

The remainder of the tracks, “Peace Remains In This World” (7:45), Deviation From A Theme ( of Harmonic Origin) (8:18) and “Today Is The Day” (11:51) take the sweeping keyboards, chunky guitars and the strong vocals onwards, providing an album of great modern progressive music. The addition of the powerful lungs of Phil Naro since the last release which was largely instrumental, Spots (2013 but re-issued, and reviewed, earlier this year), has certainly helped the band move a rung or two up the prog ladder.

Shifting The Equilibrium is by far the best album that Unified Past has issued, and is well worth parting with some of your hard earned cash to add it to your collection. This release should grab the interest of people who like their progressive music with a little bit more of a bite to it.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Erasure Principle, Etched In Stone, Today Is The Day

1. Erasure Principle
2. Smile (In The Face Of Adversity)
3. Etched In Stone
4. Peace Remains In This World
5. Deviation From A Theme (Of Harmonic Origin)
6. Today Is The Day

Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk
December 6, 2015
Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

New Age Instrumental Review: Anaya Music-AONKI – Gateway of Love (Cosmic New Age Music)

Release Date: February 2, 2018 Label: Anaya Music Website
Around this time a year ago I had the experience of listening to Anaya Music and providing coverage of Eternity.  It was an uplifting experience and a memorable listen as I recall.
Now with February drawing closer AONKI – Gateway of Love (Cosmic New Age Music) will arrive.
Once again, the recording features several exceptional collaborations between Anaya Music and a live virtual symphony orchestra recorded in the heart of Prague, the capital of the Czech republic. The orchestra combines members of the finest ensembles in Prague, including the Czech Philharmonic.
I think they should rename the orchestra to “The Live Spiritual Orchestra.” If you have been exposed to Anaya Music you will understand what that means. If this is your first journey with this music you will find out very quickly. Either way, this is spiritually uplifting music that leaves a smile on your soul. It’s like the term digital footprint, there is an everlasting m…

Jazz Fusion-Rock-Pop-Funk Review: Project Grand Slam-Trippin’

Release Date: June 29, 2018 Label: Cakewalk Records Website
This will be my sixth voyage into the world of Project Grand Slam (PGS). So, what is this experience going to be like this time? I would expect the same great combination of jazz, rock, funk, and pop that I always enjoyed.

Just so you all know PGS is: Robert Miller (bass), Mario Castro (saxophones), Bayden Goyo (keyboards), Joel E. Mateo (drums), Guillermo Barron Rios (percussion), Tristan Clark (guitar) and the beautiful Ms. Ziarra Washington (vocals).

So, now we are Trippin’ into 2018 with PGS. And the first track titled “1972” was like turning on the radio and hearing the Average White Band or Tower of Power. Yes sir, on the AM dial, it came blaring through back in those days. 

The title track is a real gas too. This number has some great sax from Castro and a killer rhythm section courtesy of Miller and Mateo. It shines the spotlight on them clear and bright. Let me tell you, those two are like the dynamic duo, kind of like a p…

New Biography on The Cars Singer/Bassist Benjamin Orr by Vermont Writer Joe Milliken to be Published November 2018!

Bellows Falls, VT – Veteran music journalist Joe Milliken recently announced a publishing deal with the Lanham, Maryland-based publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers to produce his first book, a biography about the late Benjamin Orr. Orr was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars. Titled Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars, a release date is set for November 15, 2018.

Often considered the band’s heartthrob, Orr possessed an incredible voice, diverse musical talent and rare stage presence, all balanced by a magnetic, yet enigmatic personality, striking good looks, and a relentless determination to reach rock stardom. Born Benjamin Orzechowski (aka “Benny Eleven Letters”) and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Parma Heights, Orr was, prior to becoming a world-famous rock star with The Cars, a “teen star” as a house band musician for the nationally syndicated television show Upbeat.

A few years later Ben met his musical partner and …