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5 stars Hey Progheads, I'm back from a long hiatus in reviews and stuff. You all missed me? Lol probably not. Anyway, I am going to be reviewing one of my absolute favorite music(not just prog, metal or rock) albums of all time, Rush's 1978 Hemispheres. Where to start? Well for one, the band started hitting it big in the UK with the previous effort. They finally reached what they dreamed about as kids playing at high school dances. What they recorded after A Farewell to Kings (Hemispheres, the aforementioned album) was and is the stuff of legends. On to the review right?

1) Cygnus X-1 Book 2: Hemispheres - What to say about it? Not much because I find it absolutely flawless and awe-inspiring. This is what music should sound like. It is the epitome of great sound and imagination. Whenever I hear it, I get taken to the cosmos with it. It is an amazing piece of music as it is so smart, so emotional and heartfelt all at the same time. You're not really going to get that else as some bands lack the intellect while others lack the emotion. This piece of music has them both. We will call you Cygnus, the God of Balance you shall be!! ....(chills). 10/10

2) Circumstances - This one is just a straight up rocking and pretty darn complex tune. Although a bit higher than he is used to I love Geddy's vocal delivery (it fits the mood and song perfectly). I also quite love his bass work (it's pretty darn busy and rad). Everyone shines on here from Alex, Geddy to Neil. I love it. 10/10

3) The Trees - This is one of absolute genius in my opinion, the lyrics and music just go so well together. From Geddy's bass to Alex's ingenious soloing and riffing to Neil's woodblock playing . Personally, I feel it depicts class struggle (that's pretty darn cerebral there ain't it?). It just never feels dull or boring, you feel like you're taken to another world with these Trees. Yet another track that I love from these guys. Rush is just on another level with these tracks. 10/10

4) La Villa Strangiato - This track is the epitome of Rush at their most mind-blowing and epic. Although not for everyone (most Prog isn't lol) it is something I feel ordinary people will be blown by if they listen closely. It is that good even though it is also very complex. This is the track to get lost into (from any band really) if you ask me. Lee, Lifeson and Peart all put on a show. Amazing, amazing stuff. 10/10

Yet another masterpiece from Canada's best Prog band ever. I think it would have topped Kings as my all time favorite record had they included Alex's Broon's Bane but that's just my nitpicking haha. Overall it gets a 40/40 from me. It's an absolute masterpiece. 5 stars!! Peace out!!

ProgMetaller2112 | 5/5 |


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