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MOMENTS

IO Earth

 

Crossover Prog

3.93 | 221 ratings

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Mind_Drive
5 stars When I discovered IOEarth, I did not expect anything like THAT!

The moments on "Moments" are so rich and incredible versatile - in fact this album seems to exist exclusively of awesome and memorable moments.

The title track moments, first song of the disc is a monumental start and gives us an idea of what will expect us. The dramatic guitarriff, like an instrumental chorus, delivers maximum epicness - while in the gentle parts of the song great piano work, some decent acoustic guitar, electronic percussion-sounds and lovely vocals comfort us with ambiental peace. Just before the mighty guitar strikes back in and recalls their epic quest for authenticity and presence in the moment.

Live your life part 1 charmes with very emotional singing guided by beautiful piano and guitarwork until it develops some thrilling transition to the next song:

Live your life part 2 starts in the straigt forward vein of a progressive rock piece with driving atmosphere, building up excitement until it flows back into the soothing theme of the opener. A wonderful and dramatic guitarsolo (actually one of the best I heard in a long time!) tops this song, which again manages to close quite exceptional and a little disturbing.

Drifting Is a song standing out alone for itīs uniqueness but also and even more for itīs perfect composition and blissful beauty! I never heard such a deep and sacral, yet familiarly heartwarming atmosphere, opening the vastness of space to flow into and beyond. In the middle some ghostly howls introduce a saxsolo surrounded by violins and underlined by astounding simple and effective pianochords that lead back into the maintheme... just perfect! really one of the best songs i heard in a long while!

The next song Cinta Indah again is such a bomb! A voluminous interlude lead by yearning vocals is broken up by middle-eastern singing stricken by brutal drums exploding into the most powerful moment of the album. Some spanish guitar gives you time to breathe and prepare for epicness by every trick in the book!

In Brothers the theme of drifting (both the song and the feeling) is adopted again and creates some special atmosphere like wandering a lost desert city in solitude expecting some unknown but desireable event.

Come find love then surprises with a totally new approach: sacral chorals alternate with a groovy bassline and some taste of funky guitar. At times repeatedly spoken words create an interesting atmosphere, that - I have to say - I donīt really enjoy. In fact this is the only song of the album I could skip. The Finest hour proceeds to radiate this unique overall ambiental feeling of this album this time with spacy keyboardwork and beautiful male vocals for the chorus. some electronic sounds and perfectly fitting drums make this one another memorable moment until it goes even more epic with a wall of strong electric guitar, intriguing polyvocals singing canon to the spacy highlights of spacecrossover keysounddrops.

The closing song Turn away begins a little darker and slower, developing into lighter, almost awe-inspiring moods. Solemnly and beautifully epic this masterpiece finally comes to an end, leaving behind dropped jaws, hearts of wonder and probably the urge to press play again... what a journey!

After about 20+ times listening to this album in the last month it still enchants me and grows even more on me..

Back from the sacred expedition into our inner- and outer universe, with the crew consisting of crazy cowboys and experimental monks worshipping the infinite epicness of creation, i can easily give this ensemble 4.7 / 5 stars for this unique and awesome ride. :)

Mind_Drive | 5/5 |

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