Skip to main content

Instrumental Progressive Rock Review: Three Wise Monkeys-Progettoarte

Release Date: December 10, 2015
Label: Cerca Trova Records

The Three Wise Monkeys, sometimes called the three mystic apes are a pictorial maxim. Together they embody the proverbial principle "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." According to Japanese legend the three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil. This little tidbit of information was provided by Wikipedia. 

The Three Wise Monkeys I have come to know are a band from down under in Sydney Australia. They create amazing instrumental, experimental and progressive rock music. They are Kypo (guitar), Alex King (bass) and Brendon Waterman (drums). Trust me there is no monkey business on their newest offering titled Progettoarte.

My introduction to this energetic and spontaneous trio was the track titled “Panopticon,” which we proudly featured on our Rate The Tracks site and it promptly shot to #1 for the most plays within a few short days! That speaks for itself how good this band is. It has a contagious rhythm and pace that will have you hitting play several times to relive the explosion of sounds in their imaginative arrangements.

The power trio lineup has always been one of the most admired configurations as far as I am concerned and this band once again cements that conviction.

“Islands” is a tremendous opening track with a driving rhythm section and beefy ever changing guitar licks sandwiched in between. The creative juices are flowing at a rapid pace on this track and it just continues on from that point.

“Shoegazer” sounds like their personal ode and thanks to that particular genre and with a heaping helping of improvisation as well to make the pot boil over spilling into progressive rock and psychedelic territory. There is a lot going in this song and I cannot help but notice the prominence of the drums in this trio, Waternan is like the quarterback of this team laying down the foundation to build one masterpiece of sound after another. I particularly enjoyed the changes this track presents which in turn shows the versatility and overall talent these three gents possess.

With Progettoarte they definitively put the art into the progressions of their music. This trio deserves your undivided attention and I would expect that they will be getting a lot of praise for their work and it is well deserved. The band likes to coin it as experimental instrumental and I would have to agree it is all of that and more. One listen and you will discover why Three Wise Monkeys know exactly what they are doing.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Panopticon, Islands, Shoegazer

01. Islands 04:19
02. Panopticon 05:40    
03. Shoegazer 06:59   
04. Unboxing 03:13
05. Horsemen of the apocolypse 03:34       
06. River, desert, wind, mountain. 04:14       
07. Vanitas 05:07
08. Asomatous 06:20
09. Bluebox 05:59
10. Gravitas 04:25
11. nOOb 04:41
12. Terminus 04:45

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck- Prog Rock Music Talk Founder
January 6, 2016
Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk


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…

British Post-Punk Veterans 1919 Return With A Brand New Masterpiece Of Darkly Melodic Goth Rock, FUTURECIDE!

Los Angeles, CA - Like the mythic phoenix rising from the ashes, British post-punk band 1919 have gone through Hell and back over the course of their harrowing career, but they keep returning stronger than ever! Founded in 1980, the band released its debut album Machine in 1983 and one EP a year later before calling it quits. However, the band reformed in 2014 to great acclaim, performing numerous tours and at festivals across Europe. Then, tragedy struck as the band’s founding guitarist Mark Tighe was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and succumbed to the disease in January 2017. Tighe insisted that the band should carry on without him, which they have done in finest form with their newest effort Futurecide. The album, which will be officially released on April 12 via Cleopatra Records, features brand new compositions and includes special guest performances by Tighe as well as former member Steve Madden, who also passed away this year. The first single, “Anxiety,” was released at the en…

Concert Review: Ghost At The Palace Theater Albany NY

Ghost At The Palace Theater Albany NY December 13, 2018

With winter upon us in the great Northeast, it was just another night. We never have a reason to stay in because of the weather, we just go. It so happened that it was a nice evening for a drive to a Ghost concert.We secured our tickets months ago and have been anticipating this night for months on end.
Last July I attended a “bucket list” concert, the great Iron Maiden was coming to Mansfield, MA. Opening for them was Ghost. This was a turn of a friendly card for the band, a great way to get worldwide exposure otherwise not afforded by a lesser band. They were already on the rise and the lead singer Papa Emeritus had a helluva a band (no pun intended there). At that time my prediction was that when the new year began Ghost would be headlining their own shows. So, then it happened, here we are tonight watching this incredible metal band headlining their own show, with no opener may I add.
For those of you unf…