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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

Tracks:
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

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