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3.53 | 117 ratings

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3 stars I was stoked to see this finally show up on the Amazon MP3 store and after several playthroughs I won't say that I am disappointed by the album, but I will say that I will say that only about half of it is very memorable. I feel there are moments where the music really grabs me but there is a good portion of stuff that sounds like throw- offs from previous albums or short, perplexing experiments and don't really bring much to the listening experience. This album almost feels like they were going for some kind of concept album at times (I dunno...were they?) because there are some shorter more ambient/experimental songs that don't really connect to anything at all. Aum and Om begin and end the album as this type of ambient/experimental songs that are really too short to really go anywhere and to disconnected from the rest of the songs. I almost wanted to give this 4 stars because if you cut out everything but Aeons, Asymmetry, Eidolon, Sky Machine, Float and Alpha then it makes for a great listening experience (to me at least). The rest of the stuff doesn't really appeal to me all that much, although I won't say the other songs are terrible; some are just too jarring and dissonant for my tastes and others are too short and isolated in their ambient/experimental disconnection from the other material.

Of the songs I really liked, being Asymmetry through Sky Machine plus Float and Alpha I think that all of those songs are too short. There are no 10+ minute songs on this album unless you join together some of the songs like Amusia and The Last Few (those two really should be one song as Amusia is just an incredibly short and mostly noisy intro to The Last Few). Asymmetry and Eidolon are faaaar too short to be the epic songs they could have been. Asymmetry almost seems like it should be the lead-in to Eidolon but they don't really flow together all that well and thus each one should have been longer more stand-alone songs.

So ultimately I enjoyed maybe half the album and didn't really care for the other half of the album, but the half I enjoyed I really liked despite that half being too short. Way too many songs on this album clocking in at 3 minutes or less, some of which aren't really songs but strange experiments that should have just been released on a separate 'oddities' EP or something.

Wolfhound | 3/5 |


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