Platypus

Ice Cycles

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After the reasonable success of the first Platypus recording When Pus Comes to Shove, Ty Tabor's band returns with vigor. The emphasis remains on the song, but there are also plenty of technical gymnastics, especially from drummer Rod Morgenstein. The combination of grunge, classic rock, progressive tock, and heavy metal makes for a very unique overall sound that King's X has explored, but were never able to bring to this high of a musical level. "Oh God" and "Tower" are two of the stronger pop-oriented selections while "25" and the "Yoko" suite finds the band stretching out in a Dream Theater-like style. The trend of progressive rock supergroups such as Liquid Tension Experiment, The Explorer's Club, and most notably Transatlantic has ironically lead to some of the most interesting progressive rock of the '90s.

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