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Eclectic Prog

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Equality 7-2521
4 stars Unfortunately, Taal are regularly, perhaps even criminally, overlooked even by Collabs here at PA. Taal's sound incorporates enough ground for just about any fan to find something they'll enjoy. The great bulk of it consists of symphonic, as can be seen by taking a glance at the instruments present on the album, and prog metal due to heavy and aggressive guitar/drum combination that's present throughout the album. Folk, jazz, and a solid helping of circus music get thrown into the array, and the manner in which the final product is formed gives this album a Avant feel though not one objectionable enough to throw off even those that have reservations against that genre. If you enjoy prog in any of its many facets, Skymind should appeal to you.

The album flawlessly swirls through all these genres without ever sounding forced or jumbled. Heavy riffing from the guitarist is nearly omnipresent throughout the album so those with a prejudice towards such a sound should be slightly wary of the album. However, I don't mean to construe it as metal. If you don't like what you're hearing at the moment from this album, just wait twenty seconds, it will be different. However, I doubt you'll voice that complaint on this one. It refreshing to hear an original sound like this from a modern prog band. If searching for original and creative modern prog, this should near the top of your list.

Equality 7-2521 | 4/5 |


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