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This Winter Machine



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4 stars A Tower Of Clocks is the much-anticipated second album by the Yorkshire progressive rock band This Winter Machine. In 2016, This Winter Machine came out of nowhere with the highly regarded and increasingly popular album The Man Who Never Was. As a debut goes it was a truly impressive piece of work. This winter machine has had an incredible growth since its debut album came out. It's like watching a child grow up, it had that kind of impact on me.

There is a lot of high expectations on their second album among the growing fan-base. It's very clear to me that this album right from the start will not disappoint.

This is a concept album. I'm not going to give away too much of the story. I think this would be something best left for the listener to experience themselves. Believe me, it's quite the story. It's very well done and at times very emotional as well.

The album starts off with an instrumental called Herald, which kind of sets the stage for the album. It's a very atmospheric opener and it quickly becomes obvious to the listener that this band is very confident. After Herald we have a song called Flying. It's a very sensitive song built around a piano as well as giving lead vocalist Al Winter a showcase for his emotional vocal delivery. Following Flying is a song called Spiral. This is the only weak point of the album. To me the song just doesn't add anything to the overall feel of the album. I'm not saying it's bad song or anything, I just don't think it fits. After Spiral, we have a song called Symmetry and Light. This may be the most interesting and diverse song on A Tower Of Clocks. It shows that this is a band willing to stretch there musical boundaries. Following Symmetry and Light we have Justified and In Amber. These two songs bring the album to a more gentle and straightforward territory. They both act as an ideal showcase for our Al Winters Excellent vocals. Following In Amber, we have a song called The Hunt. Now this time This Winter Machine as a group have propelled the album in a much more dramatic direction. It's just one of those songs that takes you on a journey from start to finish. After The Hunt we have a song called Delta. This is probably my favorite on the album. It's musically outstanding and the most prog oriented song on the album. This may be one of the best prog songs of 2019. After Delta we have a song called When We Were Young. It is probably the most touching piece on the album. I'm not going to say too much for the song, as I wouldn't do it justice. This is surely going to be a fan favorite. The closing song is called Carnivale, filled with images and regretful lyrics from Al Winter. It's a great way to end an album.

I'm highly impressed with this album and the band themselves. I hope you as fans will actively seek out and listen to this magnificent album when it's released. Take it from me, you will not be disappointed.

thesimilitudeofprog | 4/5 |


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