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THE DARK THIRD

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

3.70 | 232 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars While the band's dreamy soundscapes, heavy melodies, and somewhat formulaic songwriting may not be very groundbreaking-- they are remarkably fun to listen to.

The Dark Third wears its influences on its sleeve and delivers its derivative goods with an exuberance and excitement that rivals their inspirations'. Songs are a mix of epic space-pop, usually with delicate, spacey strings/synth and a few tender vocals which gradually build to powerful, riff-based shout choruses which are immediately catchy and sometimes memorable. Instrumental virtuosity is understated, with no guitar or keyboard solos to speak of, but all members play powerfully during the dramatic stuff, which is mixed into the swirling nebula of textures and tinkling atmosphere effectively. Vocals are somewhat bland, but since there are four different voices in the mix (including the feminine), variety makes up for quality.

While Third Dark will probably not impress fans of hard progressive rock, it will more than likely please younger and crossover fans, maybe even being a progressive gateway band... we all had one after all.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |

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