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THE END IS BEGUN

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Crossover Prog

3.98 | 129 ratings

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Tarquin Underspoon
4 stars Truly progressive? That's debatable.

Truly awesome? That's not.

3 is a band that was introduced to me through Mike Portnoy's Progressive Nation tour. I went out and bought their latest release, and at first, was underwhelmed. I simply didn't see anything in this album that made it interesting.

But it was a grower indeed. After a lengthy period in my car's CD changer (which is how I listen to most new albums), I realized that 3 was something special. Joey Eppard's unique vocals, coupled with his incredible and unorthodox acoustic guitar work, realyl give this band a sound all their own. The songwriting here is very, very strong. There are moments that remind me of Coheed and Cambria, of course, but there are also songs (such as Live Entertainment and Bleeding Me Home) that remind me of the Beatles for whatever reason. This band has a very strong, pop-influenced sound that should please fans of both mainstream and progressive rock.

In addition to the poppier sound, there are also very beautiful acoustic/classical guitar parts from Eppard, who has a unique flamenco-slap style. 3 also has a heavy side, as evidenced on songs like The End is Begun and my personal favorite, My Divided Falling.

If you like a solid tune, you can't go wrong with this band. They write very accessable music, but they never cease to interest or surprise listeners of prog throughout this album. If there is any justice in the world, they should be huge (at least in the prog world) in an album or two.

Four stars for this solid release.

Tarquin Underspoon | 4/5 |

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