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Crossover Prog

4.22 | 904 ratings

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3 stars Well, it was really good! Almost 3.5!

This is my first introduction into PHIDEAUX music, and I hope not the last. Sometimes it happens that a dark horse makes a huge breakthrough and manages to capture almost anyone’s attention. I guess you remember a related situation with GAZPACHO’s latest release ;) As with GAZPACHO, I was afraid that PHIDEAUX is just another empty hype, but fortunately not. This guy truly deserves some more attention here, and these are his 15 minutes.

There’s a universal receipt to make a good and accessible Prog album. Make it emotional, melodic, catchy and supply with some quotes from the past Masters. Voila – it works! PHIDEAUX reminds me of PINK FLOYD (“Thank you for the Evil” sounds like “Wish You Were Here” off-shot!), GENESIS (listen to epics that both make this CD worthy of having!!!), some modern Retro-Prog like MOSTLY AUTUMN (due to touching female vocals) and so on. Don’t rush to claim that you’ve got the whole picture; PHIDEAUX is REALLY that much melodic, his abilities are on the level of Classics, and if you don’t care much for originality or strong musicianship or complexity, “Doomsday Afternoon” may become your Album of the Year! Unfortunately I failed to notice my beloved Matthew Parmenter here in full colour (where are his majestic vocals?), but this is bearable. Strongly recommended, though it may become pale after few listening sessions.

Prog-jester | 3/5 |


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