While progressive music is evolving and expanding all across the world, no one of any generation has ever forgotten the likes of King Crimson, Yes, Genesis or Pink Floyd, at all. Even though many associate with a heavier side of prog music, there are still plenty of acts that like to revolve around the classical beginnings of the genre. All the way from Detroit, Discipline bring the early wave of progressive rock back into the current era, with their latest effort Captives of the Wine-Dark Sea”.
Hearing this record for the first time, Discipline’s approach with the genre was far from what I had anticipated. With the likes of the late 60s/early 70s being resurrected into the 2017 timeline, there’s a collection of seven songs to hear which highlights both long and short pieces that prog usually incarnates. “The Body Yearns” and “Life Imitates Art” are two that show Discipline have brought the bacon home, already. Switching up between soft and melodic to upbeat and rhythmical. From there, the band takes things to diverse and inimitable directions with their sound.
“S” is a quirky example of Discipline’s idiosyncrasy, giving somewhat of a Mr. Bungle vibe in this instrumental take. But, also maintaining their signature sound that sounds different, but also manages to stay in the same ring as all of the other tracks. “Love Songs” and “Here There Is No Soul” also provide the listener with some nice and convincing moments that feel melodic and persuasive in an inherent persona.
After the revisit to isolating vocals in the well-written song “The Roaring Game”, we’re met with a longer, enticing piece from Discipline called “Burn the Fire Upon the Rocks”, which features moments of funk, blues, and ambiance in the one. After a while, things speed up a little more, with an uplifting piano piece with great percussion following around. Only to then, have the vocals of Matthew Parmenter to bring you back into the atmospheric side of Discipline, as well as going into somewhat of a theatrical environment. With constant tempo and style changes, “Burn the Fire Upon the Rocks” is a great piece that surely deserves plenty of praise from listeners around the globe.
Instrumentally, Discipline gives a very nostalgic vibe to the record, and impose a different side of themselves, that speaks uniquely and compliments more of what prog has always been about, since its first incarnation. Carrying the usual requirements for a band, like the occasional guitars and bass, Discipline also brings in some organs and violins into the mix, every now and then. Production is not overly incredible, but it does manage to keep Discipline’s tracks together in a steady and natural form.
Nowadays with prog, everyone like me has got themselves a bit of Between the Buried and Me, Porcupine Tree and Opeth in their iTunes or Spotify playlists. But, how many of them actually keep track of the more classical segments of the genre, with the likes of Genesis, Rush and Marillon, these days? If more people were like Discipline and paid their respects to the originators of the prog sound, openly creative artists would be limitless.