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4 stars My Highlights: - Machines and men - Into the unknown - Sunsets - Megalomaniac

With a powerful and epic opening track in Machines and men the Norwegian melancholic prog masters open their fifth (and latest for now) studio album. Like in every album that precedes Riis amazing guitar work is the center of all musical atmospheres created by the band, with the unmistakable perfectly spoken vocals by Asle, pronouncing every word for us to rapidly understand the concept of the album...a man leaving his family to adventure himself into the unknown. Lyrically and musically a prog masterpiece. Into the unknown confirms that electronic music principally influences in the late 80's scene has been very influential in recording this album. Melodic but dark with Bjørn soloing like there's no tomorrow believing every note of uncertainty that accompanies the band through the concept by them created.

Sunsets... maybe the most "in your face" hard prog song in the album constantly growing with different guitar textures until it all fades away to give way to yet another calming tune... like it's first part, A day at the beach part II, only that this time it's seems to be anger and frustration behind the keys textures and some infinite sadness sustained by the entrance of the tight (and down tempo) rhythmic section, brilliant! Megalomaniac was/is/will be the perfect closing to this emotional music experience... Tostrup vocals and Riis guitars again showing pain in such a beautiful way! Wait! Is that even possible? Airbag guarantees it is possible, they are sure we can picture the naked soul of the concept's main character for all of us to see and cherish. Speechless and torn away... looking forward to new music from this amazing band.

ElChanclas | 4/5 |


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