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Kinetic Element - The Face of Life - 2018


    
“... a fine Symphonic Rock album ...”
Kinetic Element is the band of American keyboard veteran Mike Visaggio. He has been involved in music since 1962. After a long absence from the music world, he released a solo CD called “Starship Universe“ in 2006. Kinetic Element was the band he founded to bring his music to the stage. After this the band released two albums. “Powered By Light“ (2009) and “Travelog“ (2015). Last year Melodic Revolution Records released the new album under the name “The Face Of Life (A Symphony in E Major)“.
Mike Visaggio - piano, organ, synthesizers; Michael Murray - drums; Mark Tupko - bass; Saint John Coleman - vocals; Peter Matuchniak - guitars
This is an album with epic pieces, containing spiritual uplifting lyrics and a symphonic musical style. The band is definitely influenced by the big names of the progressive rock scene of the seventies but has developed their own musical style. You will find only 5 tracks on this album. But two of them have a duration of more than fifteen minutes. In the opener “Epistle (A letter from the Apostle to the Peacemakers)“ the vocalist Saint John Coleman reminds me somewhat of the vocalist of the Swedish band Galleon. The music has a symphonic rock feel and sounds American to me. Can’t figure it out why, but I always hear if a band has American roots. This fine opener is followed by two long pieces of epic proportions. “All Open Eyes (Why it will be worth it in the end)“ (15:58) and title track “The Face Of Life (What manner of people shall we be?)“ (19:37). For me this are also the highlights of the album. This is pure Symphonic Rock. Both epics are keyboard dominated. Mike Visaggio do not just spoil us with fresh synth solos but also plays lovely classical oriented piano intermezzos. All this supplemented with a steady rhythm section and fine guitar parts. “All Open Eyes“ ends with a great soaring guitar solo and bombastic keyboards. “The Face Of Life“ has a beautiful and delicate opening with piano, synths and fine guitar melodies. You can find some wonderful melodies in this piece. Mike Visaggio has impressed me with his skillful keyboard playing. “Last Words (The answer is already in our hearts)“ is a nice ballad with beautiful sung vocal melodies. The instrumentation is laid back and wonderful done. The album closes with a bonus track, a shorter version of “Last Words“. Maybe this is done especially for radio station airplay or the Japanese market. But for me it has no extra value to place both versions behind each other.
With “The Face Of Life“ the American band Kinetic Element delivers a fine Symphonic Rock album with beautiful melodies and an uplifting spirit. Especially if you listen to the lyrics or have a look at the subtitles of the tracks you will notice the spiritual message behind the music. Composer Mike Visaggio has impressed me with his skillful keyboard playing. Only the two long pieces of epic proportions “All Open Eyes (Why it will be worth it in the end)“ (15:58) and title track “The Face Of Life (What manner of people shall we be?)“ (19:37) are already worth it to check out this fine album.
Douwe Fledderus - March 2019
rating - Melodic Revolution Records (Nineteen 73 Artist Promotion)

 

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