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3.82 | 345 ratings

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4 stars A lot of people seem not to like this as much as Anekdoten's previous albums, which I just don't understand. It seems like a real step forward to me. On previous albums, the KC Red-type bashing could get quite tiresome, although I do generally like that style. This album contains a number of that type of piece as well (title track, Monolith), but also a bunch of softer, more atmospheric (definitely not "poppy") numbers like SW4 and The Games We Play, which feature a greater use of guitar effects and ambient sounds. I think the variety results in a gripping album that is more fun to listen to than the band's other albums. And track 2, Ricochet, is a melodic, emotional mellotron-fest of such beauty that I rank it only with IQ's Harvest of Souls as the best new prog tune I've heard in the last couple of years.

Another improvement is the fact that the vocals, usually Anekdoten's weak point, are much stronger and more assured on this album. Not only that, but the lyrics are much better as well, more mature and with a less depressed feel. Sure, I could have used some cello on this one too, but the quality of the songs is such that it is a small criticism. If you love Anekdoten's early work but have been turned off by some bad reviews, don't listen! This is a fine album of dark, melancholic prog.

Heptade | 4/5 |


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