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Thinking Plague / Press

“Amongst the vanguard of groups riding the crest of a largely unheralded contemporary avant-progressive tsunami, Denver's Thinking Plague stand out in bas-relief... ... the manner in which Thinking Plague ... (has) condensed only the most fertile (and often the most pulverizing) aspects of the last 30 years of progressive exploration into an Nth degree endgame is nothing short of awe inspiring. On In Extremis, these unsung geniuses have channeled the crushing fury of King Crimson, the existential angst of The Art Bears, the dense contrapuntal irregularity of Henry Cow and the pitch black angularity of Present into a disquieting concoction (of) ceaseless paroxysms of unabated intensity and unnerving darkness... ... for those who enjoy rising to the challenge posed by the aggressively odd and densely composed, the feverish surfeit of spellbinding ideas investigated here are almost without precedent.”

“- THINKING PLAGUE, In This Life (Recommended, CD) I just got this yesterday, it's absolutely breathtaking, I'm still reeling, but my snap judgment is, this is quite possibly the album of the year. Susanne Lewis intones her cryptic lyrics in eerie nursery rhyme chants. The music underneath, composed by guitarist Mike Johnson, has the density and urgency of a star going nova: thick curdled tone clusters, unexpected geysers of rhythm, knife fights between the guitars and the reeds, for 72 minutes. Any resemblance to Fred Frith's Art Bears is purely intentional, except Thinking Plague has more changes. In fact Frith takes a guest solo on one song, and is the sloppiest thing on the record. I understand they do this live too, as a seven- piece band based in Denver of all places; I can't wait to see'em. ”

“Thinking Plague - "In This Life" is highly recommended. This 70 minute disc captures a unique style that is about as reminiscent of ICONOCLASTA as that band is of Lamb-era GENESIS. A really great release but not for those who don't like way our RIO. "In Extremis" should become a classic in the Rock in Opposition sub-genre. This is still plenty RIO styled, but it's not as difficult to listen to as "In This Life". As a matter of fact, some of the pieces remind me a bit of GENTLE GIANT at their most raucous ("The Power and the Glory"). 2000 brought "Early Plague Years", a two-on-one CD re-release that allowed many people to hear the first two albums for the first time. This album is hard to beat. You'd have to be primordial ooze to not think this is brilliant.”