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Echolyn - As The World CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 286 ratings

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5 stars Back in 1995, I was still managing a record store in Cambridge Massachusetts. At that time, there was still almost nothing progressive coming out on any of the major labels, save for a few Dream Theater releases, and Altered State, both on WEA labels. Most labels at the time mailed out tapes with samples up many upcoming releases by different bands. Imagine my surprise when I received a tape from Sony that started with As The World by Echolyn. Sony. Probably the least musically daring of any of the labels. Wow.

Here was a band that had comlex, difficult to play arrangements, with beautiful multipart harmonies. And sure, there is a Gentle Giant quality to the music, with interlaced rhythms and harmonies, but this music is much more than that. Echolyn has created a sound that is really all their own, hard really to compare with any other band out there. It is, all at the same time, powerful and introspective, and deceptively deep, both musically and lyrically.

My favorite songs here are the title track, As The World and The Cheese Stands Alone. But not by much. I love this whole album.

Evolver | 5/5 |


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