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3.96 | 1238 ratings

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3 stars The start of something beautiful.

An excellent start to one of the best bands in the history of the prog genre. This is one of my favorite debut records and the band has already established itself well. Despite the poor production, the notes really hit home here and it's the most rocking of their 70's catalog.

While being overshadowed by the 3 albums that were to follow, this album is no slouch by any means. Latimer's playing is wonderful as always, with some of the best note choices of any guitarists in the history of music. The textures found here are not that familiar to many other of the prog bands of the era, yet there is many similarities as being part of the genre. The fact that they never could find/have good vocals should not be held against them. It may have made them less acceptable to a general public, but theres no denying the musicianship and ability of the band.

Also as another note, Opeth covered "Never Let Go" on the album Still Life in a song called "Benighted". Despite what many may think, there is a very strong connection between the two bands styles. It was a wonderful tribute to a classic and criminally underrated prog band. Overall, while this album doesn't reach the heights of Mirage or Moonmadness, it is a wonderful little gem by a band that deserves more credit than they're given.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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