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Memphis, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Progressive




"Some very nice Prog inspired material"

ReFrame a band that is identified as hailing out of Nashville Tennessee but is actually based in a number of locations. The internet can be a very handy thing for transferring files and sending in your parts. Not that you would notice it listening to the eleven tunes here on this seventy-seven minute disc. This is music that sits comfortably alongside the more proggy releases from Styx, Magnum, Rush and even a band like Angel.

Not quite Prog-Metal but certainly heavy prog, at times anyway. I say “at times” because there are many segments that focus on softer more delicate instrumental parts that lend a profound contrast to those heavier moments, all making for a very satisfying heavy prog experience. The guitar takes centre stage in the band’s sound, leaving keyboards in very much a support role. So in that regard mixing some acoustic guitar into the mix is a good thing because it gives ReFrame a sonic depth that to my ears is pleasing.

Over half of these compositions are over seven minutes in length so when you combine some great guitar riffs with a driving rhythm section knocking off some inventive musical passages and then insert a hint of tasty keyboards, well it comes together to make for some really fine prog-influenced listening. The other thing is these are very good songs, good harmonies and great melodies, which again elevates the music overall. Fans of the band’s mentioned above along with fans of heavier prog and Prog Metal will find much to enjoy listening to Reaching Revery. - Jerry Lucky

"One of Progressive metals Hopefuls"

ReFrame is a band in the heavy prog genre with a stubborn appeal over genre specific ingredients. Their debut `Reaching Revery’ draws from classic progressive and symphonic acts from the roaring 70s and 80s, from Rush to Yes, as well as modern prog in the vein of Neal Morse’s many acts and releases. Tiles and Echolyn come to mind occasionally, as well as classic dinosaurs of prog Yes and Styx, and it depicts the typical stubbornness of their release.

Behind the musical mastery of ReFrame is Phil Berger, known for his work in Phoenix Down, who crafts an impressive collection of songs on this merciless debut. ReFrame opens with the 9+ minutes stretched ,,The Unbegun” that unites all of progs highlights of the last 4 decades. It is megalithic and crafted around intricate riffs and varying tempos executed with the utmost precision. More forward progressive they move in ,,And The Light Shall Lie” with its upbeat refrains and pitching guitar work flowing under its melody. Versatile drumming with loads of hooks and tempo shuffles pulls it forward. The song unfolds with metal riffing and tremendous drive with piercing vocals. It also reveals another facet as the turmoil is frequently wading in an eclectic and messy production doing justice to the intensity of the tracks. What doesn’t help either is main vocalist Joe Murphy who is not only isolated in the mix, but his vocals aren’t up to par frequently. Murphy is blessed with a wide range but the vocal lines aren’t always matching his reach and more than once he sounds unsteady. Proven effective is the choice to use Bobbie Parker [Pengea] on the delicate piano ballad ,,All Yours” that evolves as an impressive duet with Jessica Pymm, who’s gifted with a little country tear in her voice. ReFrame repeats this successful formula on the exquisite ,,April Showers”, with its wonderful orchestration. Musically however it is all very well constructed and with a running time of 77 minutes you tend to wonder about the possibilities of ReFrame. Chopping up the longer tracks into shorter and more pointed progressive tracks, the band likely could benefit from a more recognisable course without losing their progressive overhaul. There’s a lot going on on `Reaching Revery’. Tracks like the Styx reminiscent ,,Stronger Than Death” and the progressive infective dual parts of the epic ,,Fearless” are intricate and reveal true class and craftsmanship with Murphy feeling more at home hitting the Tommy Shaw highs and tenor. The tracks keep shifting shape but have recognisable melodic sections embedded, taking them forward with excellent drive.

On Part 2 there’s a guest part of Living Colour’s Corey Glover that is perfectly adding to the atmosphere of the song. When the band shifts back gear, or goes full throttle, their marksmanship is astonishing. Incredible turmoil and power is spit in ,,Invisible Gardener” that keeps shifting shape and casts a wide array of melodic emotions, and ,,Head In My Sand” just kicks up in high gear in more metallic manner, reminiscent to the heaviest Tiles tunes. `Reaching Revery’ is brought to an atmospheric end with the third part of the ,,Fearless” trilogy, an only 2:30 long track with powerful gospel-like choirs and ethereal instrumentation. Contra rhythms and progressive intriguing patterns are evoking, and more than once throw you off completely on this debut album. On top of all this musical bliss the band manages to craft melodies and choruses that contrast deeply with the heavy prog bodywork of the song. Though the production of the album is not always up to par, ReFrame could grow tremendously. Allowing Joe Murphy rest by providing him with more tailor cut vocal lines. ReFrame could set a first step forward by bringing a seasoned producer to the plate for extra input and needed sonic balance.
Nonetheless I consider ReFrame one of progressive metal’s hopefuls! - Headbangers Lifestyle


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Reframe attempts to combine the power and aggression of hard rock and metal with the sophistication of Progressive Rock and Fusion while still writing catchy melodies. The Reaching Revery album tells a compelling story of great loss and redemption and the journey to reach that dream we all have for ourselves, to be something greater than what we started as. 


ReFrame brings a bold energy to the stage adding improv and humor to music they is very composed and densely layered creating for some very intriguing performances. Be sure to catch them on stage near you 

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