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Roger Trenwith / Prog Sphere

"In another year that has seen many fine progressive releases, this record will definitely feature in my top 10 of 2012, no question,"  Read the full review

Raffaella Berry / Fire of Unknown Origin

"Eclectic without being rambling or overambitious, the album is an outstanding example of true “crossover” prog –successfully striking that elusive balance between the past and the present – and a genuinely enjoyable listen, with enough quirkiness to please those that do not like their music to take itself too seriously."  Read the full review

John Wenlock-Smith / Dutch Progressive Rock Page

"I would not hesitate to recommend this to fans of King Crimson, Henry Cow or VDGG and it will be interesting to see where Dissonati head off to next – certainly a band to watch out for... Very highly recommended indeed." 9/10  Read the full review

Frank Gutch Jr. / Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

I like these guys. Caveat: Don’t go into this with a closed mind. The deeper you get into the album, the more you are going to hear and like. That is, if you like prog at all. And maybe even if you don’t.  Read the full review

Jordi Costa / Sinfomusic

"Un disco muy recomendable para los prog-heads del mundo, no dejéis la oportunidad de saborear a los Dissonati"  Read the full review

Craig Hartranft / Dangerdog Music Reviews

"The interesting thing about Dissonati is their ability to deliver both accessible and avant garde prog rock, while all the time not forfeiting complexity or skill. Read the full review

Torodd Fuglesteg / The Sound of Fighting Cats

“This album is a debut album and it straddles a lot of genres during it's fifty minutes. Most of the songs are also surprisingly catchy. You may want to dance too when listening to this album. Though catchy, there is always an avant-garde eclectic twist in the songs.”  Read the full review

Lee Henderson / Prognaut

"I hear all sorts of influences beyond the more neo prog here with parts of more classic progressive rock like King Crimson, Genesis, and Pink Floyd. I instantly notice that no one tries to overplay and I respect that immensely in a group of musicians. Each part is well thought out and the three musicians play extremely well together."  Read the full review

Jeff Melton / Exposè Music Newsletter

I’ve known sax man John Hagelbarger for quite some time in the Portland, OR area so it was quite a surprise to find that he had found some musicians in the Seattle area to get together with on a regular basis. Dissonati is his band’s name and quite clearly they are the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secret weapon opposite Dennis Rea’s Moraine (Moonjune artist who appeared at Nearfest). The trio is led primarily by the compositions of guitarist Ron Rutherford whose varied style is one of the strengths of the recording. Knowing Hagelbarger’s heavy tendencies toward Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Thinking Plague, it’s not a quantum leap that prominent ReR based influences crop up in the two bookend epics, “Can You Hear Me” and “The Sleeper”. The opening cut is also a slice of neo-prog in the vein of the Tangent, The Enid or mid-period Echolyn. Rutherford’s guitar playing is fairly restrained across the disc preferring to emphasize the symphonic gist of most of compositions. Hagelbarger’s lone songwriting contribution is a straightforward ode to Henry Cow until the aggressive middle 8. It’s sung by the woodwinds player but I can clearly hear Dagmar in my head on this one. The best track on the disc is Senescence that showcases the diverse elements of the band. While the lead vocal at times is an acquired taste, both song delivery and arrangements present the best of what the trio has to offer for this fledgling unit. Sound-wise, the overall mix of the album is quite good with a definite separation between stringed instruments, synths and cymbals. Here’s to hoping they can get some local gigs and play out in the near future.


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