Celebrating its eleventh anniversary this year, Hungarian fusion metal quartet Special Providence is undoubtedly one of a few most cherished, consistent and enjoyed bands in the genre today. Just about every one of the band’s previous three albums has been utterly remarkable, as the group never ceases to blend simplicity with technicality, straightforward with complex. On its fourth opus, “Essence of Change,” the Hungarians once again exceed expectations with another thrilling, powerful and delightful ride full of intricate arrangements, colourful sound, and stunning songwriting. Following the success of their 2012 release “Soul Alert,” Special Providence expand their horizons by demonstrating how unique, confident, and focused the band is, regardless the keyboardist change.
"The Study of Change" is a dedicated homage to the interesting observation that all matter, the very fabric that stitches together space and time, is in a state of constant metamorphosis. Much like the auditory expressions laced within COAM’s dramatic adventure, everything in this universe is evolving. Throughout the downtempo chapters of this conceptual release, beautiful soundscapes undergo a wonderful transformation. They shift and turn against a wide conglomeration of warm synths and head-bobbing rhythms. Slowly, yet surely, these sounds and tones build into a final creation that describes the cycle of life itself. You may find yourself listening over and over again.
This is a reissue of a disc originally released in the 1990s, performed on period instruments. The difference in pitch with modern instrument recordings is notable and gives a darker feeling to the sound than the brightness one has become accustomed to with the modern flute. In this recording, Konrad Hünteler uses an instrument made by Jacob Denner, which was approximately ten years old when these works were composed. The recording is made using only the natural acoustics of the space with no added technological trickery, and as such, it serves to provide an interesting example of what this music may have sounded like at the time Vivaldi composed it.