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THE DARK THIRD

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

3.69 | 225 ratings

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TRoTZ
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4 stars One of the good surprises of 2006 was this album, the first of Pure Reason Revolution. The band manages to create a unique sound, though sometimes its influencies may be to obvious, like the pure floydian introdutory "Aeropause". The band's trick lodges mainly in the vocals, where the combination of several voices, from both sexes, inspired in Beach Boys arrangements but quasi-operatic at times, create a breathtaking atmosphere. The instrumental parts go through, from delicate guitar passages to moments of pure energy, in a joyfull atmosphere, taking it from the new mainstream British alternative rock bands.

Standouts of the album are, first of all, the great epic "The Bright Ambassadors of Morning" in which the band shows all their creativity, from the exquisite noise introductory sounds to the beautiful orchestrated choral transitions, until the pre-final explosion of sonic power, making remember Porcupine Tree's epic "Arriving Somewhere but Not Here". "Voices in Winter/In the Realms of Divine" and "The Twycyn / Trembling Willows" are another misterious and catchy tunes, combining the same formula, in 3/4 parts structurated. The albuns catchy ballad is found in "The Exact Colour". Violins a la Arcade Fire are present a bit all over the album, particularly in "Bullits Dominae". The last track is like a resume of the memorable parts of all album.

Resuming, a very good effort, combining feeling with good songwriting, in an original fusion of stiles, where the vocals are standouts. A promissing band.

TRoTZ | 4/5 |

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