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Crossover Prog

3.60 | 28 ratings

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3 stars Well, I won't be so rough here. It has started very well - a polygenred stuff in fellow frenchmen's TAAL vein (and think of Russian THE GOURISHANKAR!). Each track has few genres in itself sometimes contradicting one another ("Sacrifice" - oriental stuff, Mark Kelly-ish kybds solos, prog-metal; "On Leave" - easy listening jazz+ANEKDOTEN riffing; "Verdun" - soft parts with Kelly-ish kybds again), and I like these first tracks, though they lack direction and their own face - I mean, you hear different genres in one song but not the band's own style (like in TAAL or THE GOURISHANKAR case). "Sons Of The Empire" is purely industrial noise, and following "Mud" shows band's true face - they're metalheadz! Same goes both to "Roommates" and "Trenches" - despite these minimoog solos again, these tracks are built around 2-3 heavy riffs. Closing "Gas" has not much to add - it's a late PINK FLOYD-like ballad filler.

Did I say that the whole thing is all instrumental?

Anyway, a nice but a bit mislead album. Let's see what can they do further.

Prog-jester | 3/5 |


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