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4 stars This yet is another thrilling prog metal debut which I lately came across by chance. Responsible for that stuff is a relatively new band hailing from Connecticut's New Haven, featuring 'a group of composers who are passionate about their craft' (bandcamp introduction). Well said! Holy shit! Again it took some attempts, but now I'm willing to confess, that these chaps know how to make it big! As the vocals seemingly are not their metier, they have invited some singers, who are deriving from diverse well-known prog and heavy alternative bands. Apart from that this still is an album though which sets the focus on the instrumental as well as compositional skills.

Certainly accurate to say that 'A Dream In Static' marks an impressive statement, which regularly leads into crashing guitars all over, as well as punchy bass and powerful drums occuring. The keyboards superficially often seem to lose the game regarding this showdown. Maybe it's a matter of a special consciousness, but after some time of devotion and patience gradually other aspects are coming to the fore. And, by way of variation, there are also moments given which are mirroring a more calm and relaxed atmosphere, for example to name the beautiful Entering The Light with its marching drive here.

So in the end, either way, there is a highly technical approach given by this band. On the other hand though I find this very accessible, while surely melodic, cinematic, in parts even symphonic. A fascinating case in its entirety somehow. The title song is exemplary for that. Daniel Tompkins of TesseracT fame aboard here, headphones required at the latest! And please add The Closest I've Come to your track list too. This album is addressed to prog metal fans above all, but not solely. 'A Dream In Static' is an excellent addition to a well sorted prog collection. Wondering what will follow next ...

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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