Out this Friday is The Tangent‘s new album The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery, or “Where Do We Draw the Line Now?”. This politically charged prog album is very dense but enjoyable once you fully dig into it. It has some nice jazz sprinkled throughout and some great melodies and solos. There’s an electronic breakdown in the track ‘Slow Rust’; apparently the band brought in a DJ for those sections. They even got Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on as a guest vocalist. The slogan of this album is “The World Changed. Not the Band.” But, with this genre, a bit of change is to be expected (it is called ‘progressive’, after all). The last track, ‘A Few Steps down the Wrong Road’, has an interesting twist at the very end (you’ll have to listen to the whole seventeen-minute song to find out). Overall, this is a solid album with thought-provoking lyrics, impressive musicianship, and a couple pleasant surprises.
A press copy of the album was used for this review.