UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY

(AUSTRALIA)

PLANETARY OVERLOAD - PART 2: HOPE

(2023)
LABEL:

PROGROCK

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Symphonic
"Two hours of music for a very disappointing result for United Progressive Fraternity, so much the inspiration is missing in very pale compositions."
ABADDON (19.04.2023)  
2/5
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Mark Trueack has something to say. The founder of United Progressive Fraternity has had an ecological message from the start, advocating "all together".  "Planetary Overload - Pt. 2" goes further in this direction, supported by a host of celebrities, including Steve Unruh, Hasse Froberg (The Flower Kings), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jean-Pierre Louveton (Nemo), Jonas Reinglod (Karmakanic), Nick Magnus, Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard), Steve Hackett... and the noticeable presence of Sean Timms on the piano.

Peppered with celebrity quotes, this second episode of "Planetary Overload" is above all a message of hope: if we help each other, we'll make it. If there is no doubt about the importance and sincerity of this credo, it seems that the inspiration in the composition is not up to the importance of the message to be conveyed, as if the composition had come behind the writing, for a result musically well below what United Progressive Fraternity had delivered on its previous productions. 

The arrangements are still as neat as before, with percussions and world sounds ('Hope Is'), sometimes nicely enhanced by violin touches ('Chants of Hope', 'Who We Really Are') or magnified by choirs ('Hymn of Hope'), but the progressive inspiration is well down: how can one not be disappointed by the epic 'Being of Equal' (20 minutes), quite disjointed in its conception, with imperfect transitions and a painful ending? The same goes for the ten minutes of 'We Only Get One Chance', full of dead times and which never manages to take off, or for the sweet 'The Bees in Us', for once vocally overplayed (Mark Trueack is not used to this...). From the two hours (!) of music of the second part of "Planetary Overload", only the nice terminal 'Reprise' stands out, which however has the bad taste of ending in a fade out, possibly the brassy 'Faultline' and the evolving and varied 'Stabilization' with finally an instrumental passage that stands out: it's quite poor...

By always putting composition after writing, the result is inescapably disappointing on a musical level... The melodic and progressive inspiration has remained at a standstill on this too long album, United Progressive Fraternity owes us a better opus!
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
DAMANEK, UNITOPIA, KANSAS

TRACK LISTING:
01. Hope Is Drums of Hope
02. Love Never Leaves Us
03. Soundscaped Quote Gerd Leonhard
04. The Answer
05. Being of Equal
06. Islands
07. Transition (Tuning In)
08. Chants of Hope
09. Homosapian
10. Quote Sir David Attenborough
11. Who We Really Are
12. We Only Get One Chance
13. Transition (Suspense)
14. Faultline
15. Learning
16. Stabilization
17. The Bees in Us
18. Quote Chief Oren Lyons
19. The Changes We Make
20. Return to Earth
21. Hymm of Hope
22. Reprise

LINEUP:
Mark Trueack: Chant
Steve Unruh: Chant / Tambourin, Flûte, Violon
Alex Grata: Claviers / Invité
Ben Craven: Guitares / Claviers / Invité
Brendon Darby: Invité / Trompette
Charlie Cawood: Guitares / Invité / Sitar, Glockenspiel, Harpe
Christophe Lebled: Basse / Claviers / Invité
Chus Gancedo: Batterie / Invité
Claire Vezina: Chant / Invité
Clive Hodson: Invité / Saxophone, Trombone
Colin Edwin: Basse / Invité
Dale Nougher: Claviers / Invité
Daniele Giovannoni: Batterie / Invité
Don Schiff: Basse / Invité / Violoncelle
Gordo Bennett: Guitares / Claviers / Invité / Piano
Hans Jörg Schmitz: Batterie / Invité
Hasse Froberg: Chant / Invité
Ian Ritchie: Invité / Saxophone
Jamison Smeltz: Invité / Saxophone
Jean Pierre Louveton: Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Invité
Jerry Marotta: Batterie / Invité / Congas
John Greenwood: Guitares / Invité
Jonas Reingold: Basse / Invité
Lisa Wetton: Batterie / Invité / Percussions
Matt Williams: Guitares / Invité
Michel St-pere: Guitares / Invité
Nick Magnus: Invité / Piano
Peter Lazar: Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Invité
Rachel Flowers: Chant / Basse / Invité / Piano
Rod Ennis: Invité / Cor
Ryo Okumoto: Claviers / Invité
Sam Greenwood: Invité / Piano
Sean Timms: Invité / Piano
Steve Hackett: Guitares / Invité
Tommy Murray: Batterie / Invité
   
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