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3 stars This album is highly recommended for everyone who is exited about the peak days of Hogarth-era Marillion. With the occasional touch of metal also fans of Riverside or Anathema might check this out.

Although the band has little to offer in ways of originality and innovation, they still manage to sound fresh and passionate. The songs are typically emotional epics where a well balanced instrumentation serves as a strong backbone for the bands main asset: its singer Marco Glühmann. Mr Glühmann has a very strong and emotive voice, slightly similar to Hogarth but avoiding that man's forced screech (don't be mistaken, I'm a Hogarth fan but he can be a tad annoying if he goes in emotional overdrive). In a creative sense however, Glühmann has less to offer as he is seemingly singing the same lines and applying the same tricks through the entire album. The same applies for the band as a whole. The album is quite consistent and well played but everything sounds a bit too similar.

Sylvan is a typically German neo-prog band that won't astonish you much but it's an excellent alternative for the comatose claptrap that Marillion has been releasing since Marbles. 3.5 stars

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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