Band: Violent Attitude if Noticed
CD Title: Ourselves and Otherwise
Label: Progressive Gears Records (2017)
Rating: Satisfying 3/5
This is studio album number five for the South American band Violent Attitude If Noticed, otherwise known as V.A.I.N. Currently a trio this is a very different sounding album to one I reviewed a couple years ago and some of the changes are quite intriguing. The first thing I noticed was that keyboard synthy sounds take a more prominent role in these seven compositions and I actually like that. It gives a couple of these tunes a “eighties-Rush” feel, then at other times I’m reminded of bands like Ultravox where the overall sound is synth heavy and the Progressive Rock elements are understated but still there. V.A.I.N. create a very different, modern take on the prog genre, almost like it’s an organic afterthought to the kind of music they want to create. Think of bands like Muse in this regard. Four of the seven tracks are over six minutes in length and there’s a lot going on in each of them but they incorporate compositional styles and sounds into their music that you might not expect to hear together in one place. Individually these disparate elements may seem out of place, but taken together, as a whole there’s some very fascinating music created here that does all the things Progressive Rock music is supposed to do. It’s a little out-of-the-box. There is much to recommend here, especially to newer Prog fans, but some of you, a little “longer in the tooth” may find some fascinating music here as well. I suggest you step out of your comfort zone and check out Violent Attitude If Noticed. I think you may like what you hear.