Friday, July 3, 2015

Present - 1993 - C.O.D. Performance

C.O.D. Performance

01. Love Scorn – 9:25
02. Alone 1 – 14:41
03. Alone 2 – 24:57

- Roger Trigaux / guitar, vocals, percussion
- Reginald Trigaux / guitar, vocals, percussion

When Roger Trigaux decided to resurrect Present 8 years later, it was first in a quite different form, as a duo with his son, guitarist Reginald Trigaux.

Formally, this third album consists of three long tracks, the second of which is an instrumental piece. However, there are no pauses between compositions, and it’s impossible to fix the beginning of the second and third of them.

Furthermore, all the arrangements on the album are in the state of constant and logical development, and each composition here is actually the part of the same monolithic epic. “COD Performance” is an album of a completely uniform stylistics representing nothing else but a unique acoustic RIO with elements of electric RIO and guitar Art-Rock.

Even though there is little in common between this music and that on any of the other “Present” albums, all the central hallmarks of the band’s creation: high complexity, dark and mysterious atmosphere, the intensity and depth of arrangements, etc are more than merely evident here. While the heavy guitar riffs and the parts of percussion are featured on any of the three compositions on “COD Performance”, most of the arrangements here are nevertheless based on the interplay between either two acoustic guitars or acoustic and electric guitar. And you won’t be able to imagine what an amazingly rich sound this highly profound and interesting album has until you hear it.

The vocals by both Roger and Reginald (in English) are present only in the beginning of “COD Performance” and closer to the end of it, though they’re great and greatly fit this outstandingly original music. While singing is a rare thing concerning such a specific genre as RIO, the presence of vocals and vocalizes on this album looks more than simply defensible, as they always meet surrounding musical events.

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