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5 stars The 70s but it's the 90s: 9/10

After being disappointed by ECHOLYN's 2011 eponymous album, but still enamored with Raymond Weston's remarkable vocal power, I decided to still give the band another chance and check their more renowned album SUFFOCATING THE BLOOM, acclaimed for being oh so good just like the good ole 70s. And lemme tell you how it's a fair enough claim, if not an underestimation.

Right off the bat echolyn's energetic and insanely eclectic style of GENTLE GIANT-]-tinted progressive rock calls attention. It instantly glued me to the rest of the album like a sticky trap glues a fly to slow, agonizing death. And for good, because there are so many good moments available for an attentive ear! Bluesy, fast-tempo, tropical, violin-oriented, jolly carol-esque wintery tracks; a wide range of styles always presenting superb musicianship from everyone involved (especially the drummer!) with, naturally, the omnipresence of synthesizers, as progressive rock typically presents.

In fact, this diversity is a beautiful demonstration of creativity that actually astounded me as I underestimated these fellas. I find rare to see modern bands capture that innovative, metamorphic aspect of the 70s prog without sounding like it belongs to the 70s... and that's exactly what ECHOLYN does. It gets the best of the 70s prog, and translates into a more modern style. This is the 90s prog, baby, and it's just as good as the original!

... well, not quite, but, as far as I'm concerned, early ECHOLYN is just good.

Checka-checka check it out!

Luqueasaur | 5/5 |


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