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NO ONE'S WORDS

Ephrat

 

Heavy Prog

3.63 | 90 ratings

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Spellcraft
4 stars I simply cannot believe how many sites have constantly hacked this album to pieces with no remorse.It's such a grief to see that so many are underrating such a beautifully made and produced album for such foolish reasons, in my opinion.But It definitely hasn't been the first time since I've witnessed such injustice and I know that it certainly won't be the last.So here I am trying to defend this album from such senseless jerks out there.I am grateful to see though that people in this awesome site are giving this album a chance and very fair reviews.

Now for most people who had given this album poor reviews at other sites, one of their biggest excuses was of the sound quality (more specifically a distribution of equal volume to each band member).I can vaguely see where they're coming from when I hear of the woman's vocals on the second track Haze and on the last rack Real, but as far as the rest of the sound quality goes, I really can't point out any significant if noticeable uneven distribution of sound in this album.More or less,these merciless reviewers must be overrated audiophiles!

Not all songs seem to be equally effective and powerful though.I easily got hooked to Better than Anything,The Sum of Damage Done,and Real.The others did not leave as much of an impression on me but still their middle-eastern flare and harmony between the subtle keyboard works and distorted guitars as well as smooth vocals with no overuse of exhausting vibrato made them more then decent to listen to.

The Song Real, to me, is my definite favorite off this album.It includes almost all of the elements that were unique in the other songs (techno passages,a little bit of brass,gorgeous vocal harmonies that stand out as well as subtle distorted vocals,mellotron-esque samples,and well-balanced lead and backing guitars) combining them all into this really wonderful epic. I should also note that there are beautiful middle-eastern riffs all over this album which adds the honey to the profundity in this album.

The album as a whole obviously points out that these guys may have come from somewhere in the middle-east,and this style is one that is very welcome in my collection of music.Middle eastern music has always seemed uncannily mystical and wonderful to me, and Ephrat's use of it never tires in this album.It's what gives this album a true curve around the progressive spiral.

Spellcraft | 4/5 |

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