This review required an outsider and thus, this writer presents himself as worthy sacrifice. It required an outsider because of the way this album was released; Protest the Hero, amidst much talk of "revolution" and "completely new" models of release, relied on a fan-fueled subscription model to release their Pacific Myth. Whether or not this model is actually revolutionary, it was a success: many fans signed up to receive a track each month and, overall, everyone was pleased by the perks offered to backers. That is, however, until the Kezia remaster and Volition instrumental versions were suddenly released to everyone, backer or not. Regardless, Pacific Myth itself was finally released to everyone on November 18th, enabling us to finally review it.
Welcome again to Heavy Vanguard—your ticket to the farthest and weirdest reaches of music. While avant-garde and experimental music is, again, strange upon first listen, it's also massively important to music as a whole. After all, innovation doesn't happen through repetition; it takes people willing to take chances on new things and mark uncharted territory for us to truly move forward. And no other album we've covered so far (with the possible exception of Trout Mask Replica) has been as far-reaching and influential as the one we cover this week: Soft Machine's iconic album Third.
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