Pace of Change

Catalyst*R

Overall, I found the album brought substance and style back into the realm of Progressive Rock, like some of the aforementioned artists. The album is personal, and quite sweet, and the band performs the songs with a quiet confidence. 
March 31, 2024

From their EPK, “"I think this album showcases our evolution as musicians working together in this way. We've brought in echoes of MARILLION, early-2000s era PORCUPINE TREE, and cinematic soundscapes, while still wearing our other individual influences on our sleeves" adds guitarist and composer Gary Jevon. "We couldn't have done this without the unwavering support of our fans, friends, and loved ones; their encouragement fuels our creativity and inspires us to continue pushing the boundaries of our own musical journey.” The album has seven songs.

The title track is first. At first, the tones are somewhat dark, with a repeated phrase of “breath in.” But in saunters the sunlight, and it is jovial from there. The melodies are quite accessible, though it does pass through some clouds and circuitous routes along the way. “Dust Within The Seams” is more concise, with a charming piano led melody that segues into a smooth and rich sound that dances gently on the edge of a cliff, threatening to take a plunge but never going all in. “Ghosts on the Radio” has a simple and pleasing opening riff with a lot of warmth in the sky and a breeze on your back that keeps you moving. So far, the album is full of both emotion and harder hitting moments.

“Homesick” is a lengthy offering that echoes the sentiment of the title in sad, drawn out tones. It almost like a steady rain falling on a cooler spring day where the chill takes a hold of you and won’t let go. Again, the riff is simple, but effective, and the spacey keyboard work is fantastic. “Unbroken” has a heavier riff, but the melodies still flow easily with a get-up-and-go type of pace and sound. “Who can stop us now” refers to the level of resolve reflected in the song., and the lead guitar runs are great. “Pendle Hill 1612” refers to the infamous witch trials in England, and darker times. Angry tones reflect the sentiments of what people must have felt during this time. The accusers—hate fueled rage. The accused—confusion and fright.

“We’ll Say Goodbye in the Rain” closes the album, with a sentimental and emotionally heavy tone. Think back to your first love, and the feelings come right back as if it were that day. Overall, I found the album brought substance and style back into the realm of Progressive Rock, like some of the aforementioned artists. The album is personal, and quite sweet, and the band performs the songs with a quiet confidence.

8 / 10

Excellent

Songwritting

8

Musicianship

8

Memorability

8

Production

8
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"Pace of Change" Track-listing:

1. Pace of Change

2. Dust Within The Seams

3. Ghosts on the Radio

4. Homesick

5. Unbroken

6. Pendle Hill 1612

7. We'll Say Goodbye in the Rain

 

Catalyst*R Lineup:

Damien Child

Gary Jevon

Greg Pringle

 

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