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4.16 | 439 ratings

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4 stars I'm currently listening to this album so it seems like a good time for a quick review...

Though I've visited the Sylvan pages here before, it was thanks to listening to the tracks on their MySpace page that I decided to give this album a spin. The MySpace tracks impressed my very much and I wondered if this album would live up to their promise. I'm pleased to say that it does.

It is an album laden with atmosphere and emotion, not to mention great musicianship and lyrics. I don't think that the neo-progressive label sits very well with the album though. It has too much breadth and depth to be so pigeon-holed. There are elements of metal, prog-metal, nu-metal, electronica, good use of samples, and spoken lyrics making this much more of a crossover album. It reminds me of Pink Floyd because of the band's use of melody mixed with background samples but with a much harder edge. The underlying concept is also reminiscent of the Floyd approach.

I won't analyse each track as too many of them are so very, very good. So, with an album like this in their canon, I see big things ahead for Sylvan. They'll certainly be making a few more royalties when I purchase more of their albums. I recommend that you do the same and at least check out this release, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

scarista | 4/5 |


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