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This four-piece band from Detroit, Michigan, is headed by composer, keyboardist and vocalist Ryan Parmenter (nephew of DISCIPLINE’s Matthew Parmenter) with DISCIPLINE members Mathew Kennedy (bass) and Bob Young (drums) as well as guitarist Alan Rutter from RCA PROJECT completing the roster. Despite the strong DISCIPLINE connexion, however, EYESTRINGS are only a distant cousin, their style being closer to that of SPOCK’S BEARD both musically and lyrically (Parmenter’s vocals come quite close to Neal Morse’s). Their material is highly song based, with instrumental sections emphasizing the keyboards in particular.

Although Parmenter is the main composer, their album “Burdened Hands” (2004) is definitely a group effort, offering solid musicianship, strong compositions and a mature sound, with an emphasis on ‘keeping it together’ rather than flashing individual prowess. Sometimes dark, sometimes light, the music is always complex, emotionally charged and compelling. It is also extremely varied – live performances have earned them everything from wild hoots to religious quiet, a testimony to the dynamic range of their repertoire. Quite an impressive and promising debut album.

Fans of iluvatar, SPOCK’S BEARD, echolyn and American-style prog in general will definitely want to check them out.

Metropolitan Detroit-based band Eyestrings released their 2nd album, “Consumption” in October, 2005. Formed in 2001 under a different name, Eyestrings chose the band’s name just prior to releasing their CD, “Burdened Hands” (2004), an eclectic debut which has earned significant critical praise within prog rock circles and beyond.

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