A Triggering Myth Album Reviews
Progression Magazine - Issue 43, Spring/Summer 2003
Review by Michael Popke
The instrumental progressive rock album has lost some of it’s charm in recent years, considering that so many artists choose to make one. Many are worth a few listens, but only a handful demand intense examination. Enter A Triggering Myth, a Richmond, VA based keyboards duo that employs guest musicians on its records to create timeless landscapes defying categorization. On Forgiving Eden, A Triggering Myth’s fifth album, Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller are joined by guitarist Scott McGill and drummer Vic Stevens of the progressive jazz fusion trio McGill/Manring/Stevens. By merging elements of King Crimson, Genesis, Yes and Emerson,Lake and Palmer with Canterbury influences and their own electronic wizardry, Eddy and Drumheller raise the bar for all albums of this ilk: They subtly shatter genre boundries while adhering to tenets that have worked well on A Triggering Myth’s previous records. Forgiving Eden consists of a single and ambitious piece broken down into eight palatable tracks. Hushed voices, tinkling pianos, sweeping synths and minor-key arrangements sgue into beautifully cacophonous crescendos marked by odd time signatures, flourishing keyboards and jazzy jams.