"Earth Vision Impact" (Galileo; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Thonk is progressive rock for those who like more progressive than rock. Their spacey, instrumental movie-soundtrack sound comes closer to Tangerine Dream or Hawkwind than it does to Dream Theater, Spock's Beard or Symphony X. That's fine for those who are into that type of music (and, really, who doesn't like the awesome Tangerine Dream) but it's not the kind of stuff you reach for when you want to bang your head. Expand your mind, maybe; Bang your head, no.

The bandmembers are obviously talented musicians and "Earth Vision Impact" isn't necessarily a bad CD. It just isn't rough enough in our humble opinion. We'd listen to any of the aforementioned bands (i.e., Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Symphony X or even Hawkwind) before slipping Thonk into our CD player.

Thonk: Marc Grassi - piano and keyboards; Flavio Mezzodi - drums and precussion; Fredy Schynder - bass and guitar.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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