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3.89 | 267 ratings

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3 stars I have to agree with David (Guldbamsen). The good side of this album is the ambiences. T is Thomas Thielen. Yeah. It's another one-man band. When you are alone to write, play and record all the instruments you are free, able to make what you really feel. Sometimes is good, but sometimes what makes sense in your mind is hard listening to the others. It doesn't mean it's bad. But sometimes you should recalculate the lenghty and short parts, or replace some passages. When I decided to record with a band, I showed them one of my suites, and the guys said: "This is amazing, but... it's progressive ENOUGH! I can't feel a good riff because there's a lot of them." I mean, you know your music, but if you want to share your music to the masses or friends without an individualist feeling, you need think about the music structure. I think the problem with Psychoanorexia is: lenghty boring passages overlaps the short goods.

What I really like from the album is the self-titled track Psychoanorexia (the last track), that reminds me of a David Sylvian atmospheric track, both vocals and background. But the song suffers from a sudden heavy synth attack, like the industrial ones. It's not a bad idea, but I expected more atmospherics. Although, is a great track. The first track, The Aftermath of Silence , is very Disintegration (The Cure) in the beginning, just like Plainsong, with the keys background and the robert smith-like guitar. I can't skip a track like this, since The Cure is one of my favorite non-prog bands, and every time I listen to some bands, like Katatonia, using robert smitish-riffs I feel very glad to see his influences on later and modern music. But the track is something like a chameleon, and I didn't like the song after the vocals at first, but the same song has a good and deep feeling later, but too neo-prog for me. Another point - I like the cover art. Really.

Thom's vocals sometimes sounds like The Killers, but the melody lines are just like Marillion. I already said that I like the vocals in the last track, but honestly, it wasn't catchy enough for me at all. The second track, Kryptonite Monologue, is boring at the beggining, and gets better with the organ introduction, but the good part is too short, and after 8:00"~~ it gets boring again. After 14:00" the song quickly changes the tune, and an indie rock guitar riff begins, with a neo-prog crescendo behind it. So the song falls into a slow sad mood. The Irrelevant Lovesong is the third track, and the only track under 18 minutes. The track title reminds me of Disintegration again, you know, Lovesong, but this time, the music reminds me of Radiohead. Actually, this song is VEERY radiohead oriented. This track do not have the best parts of the album, but it's the only track that I like as a whole, from start til end.

As I said before in other reviews, I'm not a huge fan of neo-prog, of course the genre has some great bands, but I can compare it with power metal bands like Hammerfall. I can listen to a whole album having fun, but I don't care and never bought anything from them, since the whole album sounds the same and you can summarize it with two tracks. But if you are into neo-prog, I will reccomend this album. It's depressive music. Has some good vibes and nice passages. 4 tracks, each one during between 18 and 21 minutes, with the exception of The Irrelevant Lovesong (8 minutes). And thank you Thomas for sharing your music at "t-factor" soundcloud.

VOTOMS | 3/5 |


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