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Messenger's Quest
4.5

4.5

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Messenger's Quest

Triton Project

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The Triton Project's debut album, "Messenger's Quest," is a bold and compelling journey through a vividly painted musical landscape. Hailing from Thailand, the project is the brainchild of composer and keyboardist Tanpawat Suttipong, known as Title. This international endeavor features the talents of Sean Thompson from the USA on vocals, guitars, and additional effects, and Kieran Pope from the UK handling the bass duties. The album, released on February 23, 2024, represents a melting pot of cultures and musical influences, making it a unique addition to the progressive rock and metal scenes.

"Messenger's Quest" is a narrative concept album that tells the story of a lone messenger on a critical mission from the king. The storyline is an engaging backdrop for the album's sonic exploration, allowing listeners to embark on a journey that spans a wide array of emotions and styles. From soft moments and Latin influences to heavy, down-tuned metal riffing, the album promises—and delivers—a rollercoaster of musical moods. (My first of only two small complaints would be I wish here were more of the stand-out "off-script" moments.) This variety not only showcases the technical prowess and versatility of the musicians involved but also keeps the listener engaged and intrigued from start to finish. If you’re looking for comparisons, think Odyssey era Symphony X.

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"Messenger's Quest" is a remarkable first outing for the Triton Project, and it's particularly impressive given the logistical challenges they faced. It is a testament to the power of music to transcend geographical boundaries and unite artists with a common vision.

What sets this album apart, especially for a debut, is the seamless integration of different musical elements and the clear chemistry among musicians who are not even in the same city. The epic tracks, one over 20 minutes and another exceeding 28, are standout pieces that encapsulate the ambition and scope of the project. They are a testament to the band's ability to craft extended compositions that are both coherent and captivating. "Messenger's Quest" is a remarkable first outing for the Triton Project, and it's particularly impressive given the logistical challenges they faced. It is a testament to the power of music to transcend geographical boundaries and unite artists with a common vision.

As for my second nit…while the album's expansive 77-minute runtime showcases Triton Project's ambition, it also presents a challenge, as the length feels extended by tracks that, while competent, do not always match the intensity or inventiveness of the final epics. If I were rating solely on the basis of the final two epic tracks, I would give this album a 4.5 out of 5. However, considering the entire album, including less engaging moments, I find myself wishing for a tighter, more focused experience. This has impacted my overall enjoyment and assessment, leading me to rate the album differently when considering it as a whole.

For fans of progressive rock and metal looking for something fresh yet familiar, this album is a must-listen. Tune in to Prog Radio to hear excerpts in our New Music rotation, as well as featured in this week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” broadcast.

4 Stars

UPDATE: I changed my mind, this album is just too good, even if a little long. 4.5 Stars!

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Feb 23, 2024
1 hr 17 min
Lighthouse of the World • Beyond the Mazes • The Key
Kevin Carmony
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