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4 stars Greek band SOUNDGEIST was formed back in 2004, in their first few years operating under the moniker Devil's Interval but opting to change to Soundgeist from 2007 and onwards. Their debut album "The Fine Line Between" was issued through Italian label Musiche Particolari & Records in 2009, and was a charming effort to my ears at least. Four years later and following quite a few line-up alterations they return with their second production "More Than Just a Word", self released in the summer of 2013.

Soundgeist as of 2013 is an intriguing band, seeing as how they incorporate a handful or so of fairly different sounds and moods into their compositions. And while I recall their first disc as one with a foundation in progressive metal, this sophomore effort expands their canvas considerably.

Bass driven, spirited constructions, fairly often with keyboard supplements or synth textures added to the proceedings is one approach that appears fairly frequently, and in a blend that does come with associations towards the likes of Porcupine Tree. At times with harder edged, compact riffs that are also found in other passages, this particular element when surfacing adding a touch of Rush to the proceedings as a standalone or supplemental feature.

There are also gentler moments to be found aplenty, plucked careful guitar motifs, dreamladen guitar soloing and more often than not with a smooth keyboards texture on top, these elements combined giving those arrangements a touch or three of later day Pink Floyd. Starkly in contrast to these moments of a more careful sound we have the occasional majestic, fairly typical dark guitar riffs and keyboards themes too, one that at their most intense does recall Dream Theater, but fairly often these parts will just as shy away towards more of a Porcupine Tree or a Rush-tinged sound. Occasional forays into staccato, dramatic riff driven constructions indicates that Soundgeist is a band aware of metal also on more on the border to progressive rock.

Soundgeist explore within the borders of this foursome, using details with a possible origin from them and blending them together in a fairly wide variety of manners, from almost purebred journeys through one of those universes to the more common journeys where elements from all four have been added to the brew. And not all that uncommonly with a jazz-oriented instrument detail or two thrown in for good measure, most often by way of the guitar.

The end result, at best, are compelling material. Easy to like, with enough careful details and hard edges to maintain tension quite nicely. Control arguably the best of the lot, the subtly Eastern sounding vibes incorporated into this composition elevating it a tad above the others at least as far as I'm concerned. I'll also note that lead singer Skourtis has a fairly special voice that probably won't be to everybody's taste. By and large his voice is a nice fit to the music in my opinion, but there are occasions where his specific delivery just doesn't make a good fit.

As far as recommendations go, I have a hunch that fans of Porcupine Tree and OSI might be something of a target crowd for this production. While there are a bit more to this CD than what those two have done, there are some rather particular moods and atmospheres that I think will have it's strongest appeal towards that crowd, much more so than the others mentioned.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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