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Out of Exile
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Out of Exile

Notion Blue

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Notion Blue, hailing from Connecticut, USA, has been carving their niche in the progressive rock scene since their inception in 2008. As a trio, they have drawn inspiration from giants of the genre such as Dream Theater, Neal Morse, and Steven Wilson, integrating the heavy, symphonic, and ambient elements characteristic of these influences into their own unique sound. This rich musical lineage is palpable in their latest offering, "Out of Exile," which continues to showcase their ability to blend intense, complex compositions with atmospheric, ambient passages, creating an immersive listening experience.

Their journey began with their heart-wrenching debut concept album, "The Son, The Liar, and The Victor," a tribute to Johnny Barbi, the brother of keyboardist Max Barbi, whose untimely death left a profound mark on the band. This tragic event not only shaped their music but also brought them closer as a unit.

Notion Blue

...this album is a resonant collection of tracks that fits perfectly within the melodic and accessible spectrum we cherish. This is an extremely listenable album, with big dynamic swings keeping one interested from start to finish.

In their new concept album, "Out of Exile," Notion Blue continues to delve deep into thematic storytelling, weaving biblical narratives with personal and universal struggles, all while maintaining their signature sound that is heavy yet melodic, symphonic yet accessible. The album's progression from their debut reflects their growth as musicians and storytellers, as they balance complexity and accessibility with even greater finesse. This evolution makes "Out of Exile" a compelling listen, not just for fans of progressive rock, but for anyone who appreciates music that combines depth, emotion, and technical skill.

Overall, Notion Blue's latest album is a reflection of their journey as a band and as individuals. From the tragic loss that influenced their beginnings to their exploration of historical and personal themes in "Out of Exile," they have continued to evolve while staying true to the roots of progressive rock. For our listeners at Prog Radio, this album is a resonant collection of tracks that fits perfectly within the melodic and accessible spectrum we cherish. This is an extremely listenable album, with big dynamic swings keeping one interested from start to finish.

Prog Radio has been playing the first three singles, but look for much more of this excellent album to be added to our New Music rotation upon its release on March 1st, and featured again in next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” broadcast.

4.5 Stars

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Mar 1, 2024
54 min
In the Silence • King of the Locusts • Adventurers • Children of Earth • Out of Exile
Kevin Carmony
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