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AS THE WORLD

Echolyn

 

Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 227 ratings

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FruMp
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4 stars A very solid interesting symphonic prog album.

ECHOLYN are one of those bands that had all the potential to go big but unfortunately due to the grand scheme of things and the way the industry works they never quite got off the ground and it's a shame because they have put out some seriously good music including this underrated gem.

Probably the first thing that you will notice when you pop this vocal harmonies. ECHOLYN have some of the best and some of the tightest vocal harmonies ever - that is not hyperbole, the vocal harmonies really are that good even during syncopated and melodically complex passages the harmonies never falter and they always add so so much to the music. As for the rest of the instrumentation the guitar is competent but fairly down in the mix, the drums and bass are great - excellent rhythm section, the keys however are a bit odd. Many of the keyboard sounds are very cheesy and silly at times verging on 50 dollar Casio keyboard territory and for some I can see that might detract from the music but for me I love it, it contributes well to the high energy and upbeat nature of the music. Overall though even though individually they may not shine together as a time they are superb the music is very complex and syncopated but always quite upbeat, at times verging on poppy but not in a commercial kind of way.

As far as track highlights go there are many great moments in most of the songs (and there are 16, the album is a massive 70 minutes long) but the title track stands out for me it perfectly encapsulates the album and what the band are about as well as the impossibly cheery 'my dear wormwood'.

Overall this is a superb undervalued gem that more people need to check out, fans of GENTLE GIANT would definitely appreciate.

FruMp | 4/5 |

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