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Crossover Prog

4.22 | 901 ratings

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4 stars The present king of crossover prog is here...

Doomsday Afternoon is what can be called breakthrough album by american crossover prog band Phideaux, led by Phideaux Xavier. I think this album have established Phideaux as the kings of present crossover prog. They developed their own style by using psychedelic, art, gothic and folk rock motifs. The album is concept, full of coming and going repetitive themes (most successfully the theme from The Doctrine of Eternal Ice (Part One); some other being the theme from Micro Softdeathstar in Thank You for the Evil and the theme from the first instrumental Crumble in the second literal Crumble, etc).

Doomsday Afternoon is one very well balanced album with probably some needless repetitions. After listening to Number Seven, I would say there are some ideas in Doomsday Afternoon, later successfully developed in Number Seven, not just successfully, but in unique and amazing way. Therefore, I want to say despite Doomsday Afternoon is one really precise album and high standard of crossover prog music, it can't compare to what come out later - Number Seven, which I consider as a candidate of greatest crossover prog album of all time. So, I'm really surprised with the overall ratings of those two Phideaux's albums. I'm inclined to think that there is a conspiracy against Number Seven, but that's another story...

Now about my rating for Doomsday Afternoon. For me it's one of the easiest and most certain votes - exactly 4 stars, not more and not less!

Hightlights in Doomsday Afternoon:

1. The Doctrine of Eternal Ice (Part One) - an absolute masterpiece of art!

2. Microdeath Softstar - exceptional piece of work!

3. Micro Softdeathstar - excellent song!

poslednijat_colobar | 4/5 |


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