(8/10) When I heard Special Providence for the first time I was sitting in my car. That wasn't a good idea, mainly because the music of the Hungarian band is rather complex. "Essence of change" includes nine instrumental songs that are all located somewhere between prog rock, prog metal and ambient. The band plays around with heavy guitar riff just to add an unexpected twist to the song by continueing with some electronic elements.
Their music is a mix of progressive rock/metal and jazz that demands an engaged listener. It is not music for a car ride. That is what I also experienced. So I took the chance at home and put on my headphones. This is something what I can recommend since it gives you the full joy of the Special Providnce's complexity. You have to focus on the music.
Having said all this I also must state that the sound structure never gets too complicated. The song is the focus point and not the pure technical and musical possibilities/capabilities. This makes the music also thrilling for non-musicians.
If you need a comparison when it comes to the sound of Special Providence I would name Dream Theater. At least the guys from Ney York are the ones which came to my mind first. And funny enough, not knowing that the four-piece comes from Hungary, I also would have located them in the Big Apple.
If you love progressive music with a lot of details and complexity you have found the right album with "Essence of change".
- Awaiting the semicentennial tidal wave
- Surprise me
- Kiss from a glacier
- Northern lights
- Atals of you
- Gas giants (feat. David Maxim Micic)
- Testin' the empathy
Genre: Ambient Rock