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TWILIGHT CINEMA

Major Parkinson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.82 | 138 ratings

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buddyblueyes
5 stars A splinter in the spine!

How refreshing... dark cabaret meets prog! This will tickle the ears of a wider demographic for sure. This is excitingly fresh and expertly crafted! A diabolic release that is darkly captivating and never dull, Twilight Cinema is dementedly gleeful, making you want to dance the jig with your closest post-apocalyptic zombie friends. The song, Beaks of Benevola, is a gem of a tune. It's one of the more fascinatingly unique and brow-raising delectable songs. The stark contrast between the male and female vocalists work spendiferously well together. The title track is blend of twists and turns and features an excellent inclusion of synths and some prog-like tendencies, but never deviating too far from the story of the song as a whole. Actually, all the tracks are perfectly consistent. This is a band whose sound will be immediately identifiable!

The sound recording is magnificent. It is top shelf production. The album was produced (for all you engineers and producers out there) by Sylvia Massy, whose credits include System Of A Down, Tool, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Sevendust, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. A Norwegian rock band, this group has been finely honed like a sharpened, pick-axe-to-the-back- of-your-undead-head and is poised for world recognition. The vocalists are unabashedly confident in delivery, and the achilles heel of prog -- uninteresting lyrics delivered by mediocre, dime-a-dozen sounding singers -- is devoid here. Though the singer does have a limited range, his voice is absolutely unique (though he will draw comparison to Tom Waits, which is absolutely fine by me) and is powerful, even at a whisper. The lyrics are two-lines-down-the-middle solid, and they will suck you in like a maleficent cyclone. Bye-bye, Alice, off to wonderland you go! This proves that musical talent, molded in the right hands of professional producers and sound engineers, can provide us with a product which begs for a premium status among audiophiles of all genres, one that transcends the everyday thousands of passable releases that just seem to miss that certain "magic" quality to them. One of the best and wholly original releases this year!

buddyblueyes | 5/5 |

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