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4.19 | 1103 ratings

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2 stars Impenetrable cheese.

I was (and still am) a big fan of 'Into the electric castle' - it was cheesy but most of the time it was the good kind of cheesy, I couldn't help but smile every time I heard the hippie say "we're on an amazing flight in space" and there was that whole old school prog vibe going on most of the time. In the human equation we find what is worst about modern progressive metal, the over the top vocals with operatic vibrato, abrasive nu-metal guitar tones, noodly shred solos, silly synthesizers and the insincere concept album with lyrics without a hint of subtlety - am I being overly harsh on this album? - probably but I think it needs to be said and this is the way I genuinely see things.

I plain don't like this album, I never even got past the first disc and I don't see many redeeming factors in it but this is just my personal opinion that happens to be at odds with the majority, this probably comes from my background in liking extreme and technical metal as well as prog. If you are lactose intolerant or a fan of extreme metal then you probably wont like this album, if you are a fan of DREAM THEATER or SYMPHONY X then I could see there would definitely be a lot to like here.

FruMp | 2/5 |


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