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3 stars This album represents my first experience with the band and I was quite impressed with the music. I think there are elements of Rush with some progressive metal elements as well. The music is quite unique as it blends the heavy sides of vintage prog bands with modern vocal style. It's really a pleasure listening to this album as the music flows nicely from the opening track "Premonition" which sounds like nice blend of various kinds of rock music with solid basslines. As friend of mine told me that the band started the progressive metal in 2009 with an excellent debut album "Aquarius". This one is only only two years as second album, "Premonition" begins like any epic album would, an overture that sets the tone for the whole album. There are experimental riffs here and there in the album. "Nocturnal Conspiracy" carries the story (as a concept album) about killing based on visions or dreams he had

Musically there are good dynamics in terms of how instruments and vocal were performed. The overall summary lies at the ending track "Visions" which consumes more than 20 minutes duration. I have to admire that as a new comer Haken is really good. What I do not understand is that this album fails to hook me for repetitious play typical to any album which I love. At the end of the album there is no such feeling to replay the album and worst I never plan to have another spin again next time. But don't get me wrong....this is still a very good album or three plus stars I would say. Keep on proggin' ...!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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