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Pardon the rough English translation. Hopefully clear enough to understand the 4 Star rating!...

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"Movements" Notice Grace was published in February 2014, and more recently the singles "Abandonment" and "City on a String" in 2015. The sound of Notice Grace is a harmonious mixing of rock, hard rock and progressive rock.

The purpose of the musicians of the group "is to push our individual musical abilities and simultaneously create transitions and interesting melodies and finally create an adventure for us and we hope for the listener". Members of Notice Grace are all seasoned musicians who have a long history linked to the music scene in Atlanta and Athens Ga.

Notice Grace is creative without trying to prove anything. Some songs in "Movements" are brilliant classics as introducing the title "Prelude" a breathtaking instrumental, super well written true progressive slaughter as I have seldom heard a mixture of guitars Camel and Yes, tracking title track "Movements" that drives the nail with a musical coherence which extends from the beginning to the end of the song, coupled with a sound production first flock, a real nugget of progressive rock, these musicians have all included in the premium Zachery Kinsaul voice which comes as a breath of fresh air.

A more Hard Rock for "Bleed" associated with scathing riffs, melody and vocal harmonies you like them, fans of the big tires Hard 70s will surely find their account. "Protect This Sacred State" we hear a more rock Notice Grace, relatively conventional but with a melody beautifully enhanced performed with passion and incredible class.

The calm after the storm, "Avenger" which some deem surely a little lazy with 6.51 minutes of lymphatic blues rock, but he is good at night to contemplate the starry sky. A relentless rhythmic welcomes us to "Hard Times" a rock old muscular and sophisticated, the wagons filled with effective and rich inspired riffs.

"Walk Away" the ardor of a Yes in top shape, culminating moments of the album for almost ten minutes from powerful and captivating music, again with a mixture of energy and subtlety, with an unstoppable title guitar solos of lectures. One for the road, aptly named "Stop" to effective melody, catchy and powerful, beautifully structured, but especially emphasized the beautiful instrumental performance of all members of Notice Grace.

An endearing album, for lovers of good music!

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Notice Grace - Movements

(CD 2014, 61:55, Private Release)

The tracks:
  1- Prelude (3:30)
  2- Movements (12:01)
  3- Bleed (8:56)
  4- Protect This Sacred State (6:20)
  5- Avenger (6:51)
  6- Hard Times (7:01)
  7- Walk Away (9:02)
  8- Stop (8:02)


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Look, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Superman. This was what first came to mind when I listened to Notice Grace's album Movements. Have I lost my mind? Sure, but it seemed to me this band's music is a bit of everything. Better; this could be something new. At least a new and unusual blend in my opinion.

Confusing? Okay, let me explain. Notice Grace claims to play progressive rock, but they have their feet dug in deep in southern rock. The vocals cannot hide the southern heritage of the band and that's nothing to be ashamed of. Also, several guitar parts would easily fit in Lynyrd Skynyrd type of bands; there is a nice rough and bluesy edge to their guitar sound. Hailing from the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, the band consists of vocalists and guitarists Zachery Kinsaul and Gib Heuett, vocalist, keyboard player and bassist Dennis Svella and finally, drummer Rick Lewis. On the album, Katie Svela contributed female vocals and Rick Kinsaul played some slide guitars.

Back to the music. Movements opens with a an instrumental Prelude; electric guitar melodies are combined with acoustic rhythms over a warm bed of keyboards, definitely a strong piece of instrumental progressive rock with melodic playing. The title track, Movements, that follows, strongly has it's foot in progressive rock and it seems parts of the melodies of the previous composition have been extended into this composition. Katie's wordless, yes, wordless! vocals create a dreamy atmosphere and the keyboards gently take you back to the seventies. When the vocals begin in a southern laid back style, the southern progressive style gets into shape, hints of bands like Kansas pass by, while the fine guitar solos bring back memories of Dickey Betts and The Allman Brothers Band. Continuing with Bleed, the band tilts over to a more mainstream classic rock style, with strong vocals and loads of guitar fills and solos. Occasional progressive elements return during Protect This Sacred State, especially during the instrumental intermezzo, where the bluesy guitars go hand in hand with progressive music. During this composition, the vocals are handled by a different vocalist than in the previous compositions, I notice the influence here of a band like Drivin' n' Cryin'.  Avenger shows nice twin guitar parts; southern style. Vocalwise, the harmony vocals during Hard Times are very interesting and they perfectly fit to this “back in time” rock song, where the progressive elements are not easy to find. The nice slide solo does justice to the band's music. High-level classic rock, larded with southern rock and occasional progressive elements, finally brings you through Walk Away and Stop. Very well played and brought to you in a very tasteful way.

Movements basically is a very strong album. One foot settled in classic rock, the other foot firmly imbedded in the southern soil. Elements of progressive rock just give the compositions that special touch and the vocals are perfectly fitting in with the compositions. Recommended for long drives to concerts, and I guess radio stations should pick up this radio friendly and accessible music as well.

***+ Pedro Bekkers (edited by Esther Ladiges)

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Artist/ Band: Notice Grace
Title: Movements
Label: Self release
Year of Release: 2014
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The Review:
Notice Grace is a heavy prog band based out of Georgia, featuring Zachery Kinsaul (guitars, vocals), Dennis Svela (bass, keyboards, vocals), Gib Heuett (guitars, vocals), and Rick Lewis (drums). And although the members have a long history in the Atlanta and Athens music scene, their 2014 release "Movements" is the band's debut album.

Also contributing to the album are Katie Svela Crews who provides a regal operatic opening to the track "Movements", and Rick Kinsaul who adds some excellent slide guitar to the track "Hard Times", giving the tune a distinct Lynyrd Skynyrd feel.

The band blends elements of 80s' arena rock bands like Bon Jovi, Tesla, Whitesnake, Enuff z Nuff, Night Ranger, Def Leppard, Europe, and later period Uriah Heep with neo-progressive bands like Abel Ganz, Comedy Of Errors, Grey Lady Down, and Pallas. But on the whole "Movements" is more rock orientated than progressive.

The instrumental opening track "Prelude" has all the ethereal elements of classic symphonic prog you would expect from a band like IQ with orchestral strings and faux Mellotron choir, whaling guitars, and all the power and passion you can possible muster in a three and a half minute tune.

Then there is the majestic voice of Katie Svela Crews as track two ("Movements") opens. The band Abel Ganz immediately comes to mind as the male vocals take over. And although the vocalists (not sure who is singing lead here) may not be as powerful as Meatloaf - his delivery and the vocal inflections bring the hefty rocker to mind. The excellent 12 minute track goes through a series of changes as echoes of bands like Rush and even Captain Beyond spring to mind.

Notice Grace has a definite retro sound to their songs as rocking tracks like "Protect This Sacred State" ring of vintage Bon Jovi; while the track "Avenger" has a "Juke Box Hero" Foreigner vibe running through it, and the bluesy track "Bleed" features elements of both Argent as well the British band Babe Ruth.

"Movements" is loaded with catchy hook laden tunes which should have you up on your feet - cigarette lighter raised high. Just enough of a progressive edge to keep a proghead like myself satisfied.

Quality musicianship. Great rock and roll. What more can you ask for?

Probably the only prog album you can bring to a party and not be booted out.

Reviewed by Joseph Shingler on April 30th, 2014

Tracks:
01. Prelude (3:30)02. Movements (12:01)03. Bleed (8:56)04. Protect This Sacred State (6:20)05. Avenger (6:51)06. Hard Times (7:01)07. Walk Away (9:02)08. Stop (8:02)

 

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