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3 stars Wow, I felt this album be made by DEADREAM THEATRE...isn't this phrase so bad?

Basically, ballads by heavy metal bands can be beautifully heavy or heavily beautiful, I think. Of course, this VANGOUGH should not be exceptional. Especially, the intermezzi of this album, Bricolage Theater's keyboard solo and Halcyon Days' synth sound and clear voice, are so much glassy and fragile. Furthermore, Gabrielle (The Twilight Part II: Love) is very lovely and attractive. Terrific string sounds in Dance Of The Summer Mind can move our hearts. There is another reason I've said DEADREAM THEATRE, naturally. This VANGOUGH is progressive metal band with heavy riff and dark and depressive voice. (Otherwise, this would be a symphonic progressive band ha-haa!) Manikin Parade is exactly one of the heaviest tracks in the album and we can understand what they would really do from the track's title same as album's one. This track is a mixture of heaviness, darkness, melancholy, and DISTORTION - all they might want to do and all we would want to hear. Listening through the whole album, we can imagine that VANGOUGH would imitate or follow works by DREAM THEATER, who has absolutely mixed some elements as above mentioned. Yes, one of VANGOUGH's characteristics is, I consider, Clay's voice should sometimes be distorted as a death metal vocalist. His distorted voice can remind me NAPALM DEATH or PANTERA(the work was mixed by Sterling Winfield) ...impressing and fresh for me. :-) Although sadly they might be prone to be realized as a second brew of pioneers of progressive metal, Clay could play multiple instruments wonderfully! Great I feel!

This album is so much emotional, sharp-edged and metallic with distortion. Interesting one.

DamoXt7942 | 3/5 |


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