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5 stars This is an essential piece of music right here, for progressive lovers.

There are 3 songs on this album, which gives you a clue that they're all probably very long and epic. Personally, the longer the song the better in my opinion, I love hearing those long and epic songs.

The Gates of Delirium is indeed extremely long, it's 21 minutes, and is an amazingly artistic song. It begins with a nice prelude and it reminds me of crystals and lakes... the keyboards just have that very colourful sound to them. The lyrics come in and speak about it seems like war topics. It's very mystifying and around the 8 minute mark, the song suddenly goes into an extremely progressive jam session that sounds very chaotic and surreal sounding... sort've like the Mars Volta, although the Mars Volta wasn't around back then... but it sounds a lot less punk sounding and more surreal. There are sound effects of random percussion. The story goes that they went to a junk yard and purchased random things that they brought into the studio and just hit, and in the end, they pushed the whole shelf of them over, which is an audible crash in the recording.

After the chaotic part, it goes into a very quiet and soothing progressive part that's entitled Soon and was released as a single. It's a very beautiful section that takes you to other worlds and has wonderful keyboards and leaves you very satisfied.

Sound Chaser is a chaotic progressive jam session much like the middle of Gates of Delirium, alternating between chaos, quiet ambient sounds, and strange vocalisations. The chaoticness gets boarderline psychedelic as you're blasted with beautiful keyboards.

To be over is a lot slower than the previous two songs, but no less progressive. It features wonderful melodies that are generally happy sounding, and like all of yes's other stuff, it takes you to surrealistic places.

This album is an amazing album, if you like progressive rock, go out and buy it.

HammerOfPink | 5/5 |


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