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AWAKENING

The Reasoning

 

Crossover Prog

3.19 | 47 ratings

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TheGazzardian
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2 stars Truthfully, I noticed this album because of the art, and it had decent reviews and the streaming track wasn't too bad, so I decided to give it a try.

In the end, The Reasoning were not the spectacular little known band that I had hoped they were. The music, while not always bad, never really reached any heights.

Awakening is a nice track, and it pretty much lays the ground for what's going to work with the rest of the album: decent hard rock-based tracks with some keyboards and nice vocal interplay. It's nice, and with the right team of musicians could yield something really stunning. There's no denying that the band has some good chemistry, but with this album, it is apparent to me that they still have some growth to do before their full potential will be met.

The second track, Chasing Rainbows, starts out with some great dialogue. But the rest of the track fails to deliver, and musically is a bit flatter than the first track. Playing The Game has the same problem, without the neat intro of Chasing Rainbows.

The album picks up a bit with Aching Hunger, which has a catchy chorus, but unfortunately, this song drags on for 6:45, repeating the chorus over and over until you have your own Aching Hunger to never hear the song again. Sacred Shape is a bit more varied and a lit less overdone, and closer to the quality of the title track.

Fallen Angels is a nice track, although there is not really anything too amazing going on here. Just solid rock and roll with nice vocals and keys, without any of the things that detract from tracks 2-4. Shadow of the Mind and within Cold Glass are at approximately the same value.

Perhaps as an EP with only five songs (scratching tracks 2-4), this album could have been 3 stars, but with 17 minutes of lower quality music on it (than the already not-impressive quality that it has), I have to give this album the low score of 2 stars, while at the same time acknowledging a bit of optimism for future releases.

TheGazzardian | 2/5 |

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