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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Everlasting Instant' (Doone Records)
Artist - IZZ

Released just last month, NY prog ensemble IZZ's final part of an impressive musical trilogy is finally upon us - and man, does it makes for some great listening. The third album, Everlasting Instant may well be the final installment of a three-part series of albums - which began with The Darkened Room (2009) and continued with Crush of Night (2012) - but in no way does it mean the end for them.

I mean, sure Everlasting Instant is the third and final chapter of the always-planned trilogy, but IZZ's music will always simply transcend this particular musical closing of the book, so to speak. For further proof of this, know that the band is about to embark on a 2015 tour and also already have plans to return to the studio to continue work on their next studio album.

Anyway, that's the future, and an obvious one, but here on Everlasting Instant are en masse of more memorable, and at times, mesmerizingly acute tracks. Fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle made solely of syncopated rhythms, this epic, thematic arc has brought forth a collection of music that will definitely, nay, defiantly stand the test of time.

Having now established a signature hallmark sound for the band, IZZ have always incorporated their Christian beliefs into their songs, but here on Everlasting Instant have yet again managed to do so in a subtle enough manner that they don't try and ever foist it upon the listener.

That said, the changes and moods created musically by IZZ, that their fans have longingly grown accustomed to, are not overly in abundance here, it has to be said, If anything, this final musical chapter is all about the work, the closure, of the trilogy. This may well be pleasing to a lot of their fans, but could also disappoint those of them looking for the true melodies between the lines of some cuts.

In truth, this new album wouldn't be quite as good as it is without the simply stunning voices of both Anmarie Byrnes and Laura Meade. The former on the track 'Like a Straight Line' knocks it out the park, whereas the latter on 'If It’s True' follows close behind. Having hung in the shadows before, Everlasting Instant brings them both to the fore; for a welcome change.

To my mind, IZZ shines brightest when they are at their simplest, rather than when trying to dazzle on full beam. Tom Galgano, IZZ’s keyboardist and vocalist, and who continues his roles as producer and engineer for this album, is joined here on Everlasting Instant by: Paul Bremner (electric and acoustic guitar); Anmarie Byrnes (lead and backing vocals); Brian Coralian (electronic and acoustic drums and percussion); Greg DiMiceli (drums and percussion); Laura Meade (lead and backing vocals); and, as always, his brother John Galgano on bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, lead and backing vocals.

With an 11-track collection here of he highest order, tracks rhythm section-based tracks such as both the title track, 'The Everlasting Instant' (featuring Brian Coralian), and one but last closing track 'Sincerest Life' (featuring Greg DiMiceli) are truly classy stand outs - on an album chock full of thematic subtle variations. Ones that will have you hitting "repeat" on the CD player continuously, you have my word.

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