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3.11 | 72 ratings

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2 stars Unlike some fellow reviewers, I don't really believe that their new vocalist Bartek Kossowicz had the capability of replacing the excellent Emila (he didn't show it though). She was the in carnation of the band and since she left, a whole side of "Quidam" is gone as well.

But it is not only a matter of vocalist. The song writing is also much more average than on their prior releases. From a mostly symphonic band during their excellent debut album (their best by far IMHHO), the sound on this "SurREvival" is much more in the metal vein. It is a dramatic change, and not always for the good: "Hands Off" for instance, which combines metal with softer edges (even pastoral mood at times).

I wouldn't be too harsh and tell you that one of the best tracks is the opening instrumental "Airing", but almost. I hope that you get the idea. Unfortunately, when the band is heading the sweet and sloppy "Not So Close" and the mellowish "The Fifth Season", I just disconnect.

There were so many very good songs on their prior releases which aren't present here. The sub-par Gabrielesque vocals are only part of the problem. With this album, "Quidam" turned into just another neo- prog item. No more. And the fall hurts a lot as far as I am concerned.

The majority of the songs are just uninspired and tasteless (like the poor title track). I don't like this album very much. It is actually a serious disappointment for me. I am desperately looking for some more positive comments, but the music from this album just doesn't provide the occasion to do so. But I'm not the guilty one.

The epic and closing number is no masterpiece either. It is another average song with here and there some fine and convincing guitar break. But there are too much experimental passages to captivate the audience.

Two stars. Just average.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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