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TOUCHSTONES

Subsignal

 

Neo-Prog

3.81 | 177 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 8/10

With Touchstones, Subsignal continues to evolve its brilliant sound that not only contains a progression of what was being tarabalhado by Sieges Even in his later albums but also introduces new elements, presenting an accessibility combined with a dose masterful technique, melody and emotion in his music. While they have no intention of sounding prog metal masters still exhibit a pleasant [avel dose complex in their songs, but all washed down with a stylish defnitivamente melodic sense that is the hallmark of this phenomenal band.

However, as other reviewers have pointed out, this is an album that could be shorter, not necessarily needing to have their 75 minutes - about 15 less and it would be great. I really felt that he was a little "filled" in my first audition, but that feeling was passing along the wiretaps. I believe, although Touchstones not better than Beautiful and Monstruous, it is not worse. Structurally this album reminds me a lot the classic Awake, from Dream Theater.

Again, the band members perform their roles with perfection. There is the addition of some external factors, such as the strings in Ember and the gorgeous oboe in the title track (I really have a weakness for oboes). These two are the longest tracks on the album, and although they are masterly aren't my favorite. My highlights are the opening Feeding Utopia, which blends perfectly sound prog metal / Porcupine Tree-esque with electronic elements, Echoes in Eternity (that repeats a melodic theme addressed in the first album), Wingless, The Lifespan of a Glimpse (I do not know who is this female singer, but she has a great voice!) and closure Con Todas Las Palabras, which is definitely my favorite here.

4 stars.

voliveira | 4/5 |

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