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3.82 | 30 ratings

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One might wonder why I'm giving 5 stars to almost unknown album (my review is 4th one). If you look through my reviews you'll notice the same thing - a bunch of 5 generous stars ratings given to obscure bands. That's not only issue of personal likings. If I feel that band did EVERYTHING they can on that particular album and it's their best effort, I'm giving them their deserved full 5 stars. It DOESN'T mean that they're better or equal to such masterpieces as GENESIS or KC albums - they are great in what they can do.

Back to DARIUS. They are great indeed and I won't even complain about low amount of reviews - I just recommend them for any MARILLION freak around! Imagine MARILLION (musically - melodic and accessible as 85/87 and dark and complex as 83/84) with a touch of Prog Metal...not even DREAM THEATER, better say...IRON MAIDEN!!! This hard-edged manner doesn't spoil the music at all, it only gives DARIUS that energetic and powerful fleur. Honestly it's very hard to tell which song (mainly from 6 to 9 minutes) is the best - they are all filled with wonderful emotional singing (between Fish and Peter Nicholls of IQ), astonishing guitar-work (think of Rothery sometimes mutating into Murray/Gers from MAIDENs ;) ), professional rhythm-section and melancholic piano- background (almost no keyboard solos! A pleasant surprise for me as a guitarist myself).

Conclusion: EXTREMELY recommended to all MARILLION/related bands fans. Not a clone and a very promising band - unfortunately they are no more...

Prog-jester | 5/5 |


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