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Symphonic Prog

4.17 | 299 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars With infectious energy and dynamic compositions, "Suffocating" is an excellent example that smart, creative, and complex music can also be very approachable and exciting.

This album is chock full of outstanding songs; meaningful vocals attesting the need for individuality and playing which absolutely sizzles with dexterity. The group's playing twists and turns with constant rhythmic shifts and complex melodies.

However, the album's length and timbre of the lead singer's voices do begin to work against it half-way through, and I found many of the songs sounding very similar before too long. Additionally, Buzby is very limited in his variety of keys, sticking to a very cheesy synthizized sound through most of the album (along with equally cheesy synth-strings).

These minor complaints aside, "Suffocating"'s complex, yet approachable sound will appeal to prog veterans and neopytes alike-- one of the greats of its time!

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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