With riveting performances by the modern prog-rock legends Stick Men - Tony Levin, Markus Reuter and Pat Mastelotto - "Prog Noir" is ambitious and essential. From the overpowering to the sublime; from an organic, instinctive avant-garde, to intricate, Crimson-esque tapestries, this album embodies the go-for-it, pioneering spirit that fans of Stick Men have long savored. A modern prog epic! Long-time fans of Stick Men and King Crimson will revel in ecstasy, as the three sonic adventurers gleefully waltz to the outer fringes. The chemistry of Levin and Mastelotto has never been more evident, keeping a solid, propulsive undercurrent flowing beneath the soaring presence of the ingenious 'mad scientist' antics of Reuter.