ARABS IN ASPIC – Progeria (Re-master/Re-issue)
- by J.N.
- Posted on 16-07-2021
While arguably not as stellar or wildly addictive a listen as some of the records and releases that would eventually follow, this 4-track debut EP by Arabs in Aspic, which was originally released back in 2003, is a highly impressive musical gem, and we should all be grateful that Karisma Records have taken it upon themselves to re-master and re-issue the thing.
As with any other album by the Trondheim-based prog rockers, "Progeria" blends the earthy vibe of early King Crimson, the gloom and unfiltered power of vintage Black Sabbath, and the brilliant arrangements and clever twists of ancient Uriah Heep to great effect. The cool thing is that many of the trademarks and characteristics that we associate with the present-day version of the band are already in place on the EP, and even though "Progeria" is not as fully-formed as the outputs that would succeed it, this is a fabulously hazy and psychedelic prog rock jewel inspired by the legends and pioneers of old but with a sound and identity of its own.
There are several interesting layers and textures present on the disc and now that Jacob Holm Lupo has remastered the thing, its warm, vibrant, and loose feel as well as its live-like vibe sounds more pronounced and prominent than ever. And did I mention that the vocals and harmonies are exquisite here? Very cool!