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Crack The Sky


Heavy Prog

3.77 | 76 ratings

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4 stars Can I consider this prog? Well... does it even matter? 8/10

The eponymous of CRACK THE SKY is energetic, heavy and interesting. The first two tracks ( Hold on and Surf City) are the hooks that make you listen to this 13-tracks long progressive (?) hard rock piece.

I'll tackle this detail about my doubt regarding this being properly progressive. I find the definition rather shady, particularly on those Canadian lads, because their sound is distinctive hard, distorted rock. I must agree there's many unconventional structures featured, but sounding different isn't enough to be 'progressive' properly in my opinion. However, it is progressive because that's how it's deemed, and I won't question this, after all the general consensus, is, after all, what makes a definition... a definition. So if everyone says "this is prog", well, this is prog. Oh, the pragmatic wonder of socially constructed concepts. But as much as "progressive" is debatable, "hard rock" isn't. It is almost distilled AC/DCidic rock purity.

Back to the album, it's perhaps more humoristic than one would expect. Hold On, Surf City, Sea Epic, She's a Dancer, Robots for Ronnie; Eileen, I Lean on You (I bet my chips the music is just a filler and the whole purpose was to put this pun on the album), Dr. Octopus (pt. 2) (for those with the bigger version)... they're a very humorous band. This factor brings much freshness to the lyrics, and therefore to the songs. The guitar is superb and ABSURDLY distorted - some will feast, others will cringe ('distortion sucks' purists, mostly).

Each track is also VERY unique on their own: Hold On is features powerful guitar riffs and solos. Rhythmically, it is relatively complex, and that's going to be enough for me to name it 'prog' and call it a day. Surf City's verse is interesting, resembling GENTLE GIANT's Knots. Sea Epic is an orchestral epic tale about a man on a boat praying to God, whom... listen to his prayers, in a certain way. The humor here is the flavor that brings interest to the music. Lastly, there's - accordingly, to lyrics sites - the band's most viewed song, She's a Dancer offers an unforeseen funky grip on the track, whose solo section also could be deemed as "progressive". The lyrics' buildup to the "plot twist" is pretty interesting, and will most likely leave you with a grin.

If you like hard rock, whether or not proggy, listen to this track. It's guaranteed you'll enjoy at least one of the abundant tracks. If you're into humor, then that's a plus. CRACK THE SKY is great at making you smile both from the good song and good jokes they produce. If you like IRON MAIDEN, give this a shot too - the vocalist definitively resembles, at least slightly, Bruce Dickinson. If you like THE SEX PISTOLS, jump to the last track - Dr. Octopus (pt. 2). I guess the vocalist is really good at sounding like other people.

Luqueasaur | 4/5 |


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