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Review: 3rDegree - The Long Division (2012)

Artist: 3rDegree
Album: The Long Division
Year: 2012
Label: Self released

Review: Diego Camargo

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Thoughts: 3rDegree is an American band that was formed in the late 80’s and during the early 90’s released two albums before disbanding in 1997.
The band decided to re-unite in 2006 and since then has released two more studio albums. The Long Division (2012) is their most recent work.
By the time of the release 3rDegree was formed by George Dobbs (vocals and keyboards), the founder of the band Robert James Pashman (bass and vocals), Patrick Kliesch (guitars and vocals), Eric Pseja (guitars and vocals) and Aaron Nobel (drums and percussion).

The Long Division (2012) starts and, for me, it’s a great pleasure to listen to such a wonderful track as ‘You’re Fooling Yourselves’! Catchy yet complex, full of details and on top of that, good lyrics. And what a great chorus!
As I began to think that the band couldn’t possibly go higher than in the first song… ‘Exit Strategy’ brings us a perfect amalgam of vocals, great hooks and clever instrumental.
And then ‘The Socio-Economic Petri Dish’. It’s incredible how 3rDegree is able to combine the old Prog days without a single trace of copying that sound. They’re amusingly refreshing and new to this old ‘accustomed’ Prog ears of mine!


By the time ‘Incoherent Ramblings’ starts, game’s over. The band got me as their newest fan. I should have been aware of The Long Division (2012) before. But better later than never!
Two shorter songs follow: ‘The Ones To Follow’ is another catchy acoustic driven track that is just great. ‘A Work Of Art’ has saxophones by Bill Fox and some amazing vocals by George Dobbs.
‘Televised’ resembles the beginning of the album, as in a circle. Robert James Pashman bass and Eric Pseja/Patrick Kliesch guitars are heavy on this track. Soon they’re followed by the amazing Dobbs vocals (here a bit like Threshold’s Mac era). Superb stuff!

‘The Millions Of Last Moments’  is a pretty and pastoral acoustic piece and ‘Memetic Pandemic’ is another mammoth. The right amount of keyboards, two guitar players that know how to work for the song and a solid drummer, that’s 3rDegree.
And to close The Long Division (2012) comes ‘A Nihilist’s Love Song’. This one is a bit more of a Pop song with a big chorus and a melancholic mood. Finishing with a high note is always good!

3rDegree was one of my greatest discoveries this year! The Long Division (2012) has everything that any intelligent Progressive Rock fan would want: great and smart lyrics, melodic hooks all around, flawless instrumentation, superb vocals, a perfect production and the main thing – great songs!
The Long Division (2012) is all based on great well-polished songs!

It’s time to follow forward, pass through the first few levels of average Joes and step on the 3rDegree.

The band was included in our Podcast #22 and you can listen the track 'Televised' HERE.

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