Soundgeist - The Fine Line Between CD (album) cover




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4.04 | 4 ratings

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4 stars A charming debut by this Greek outfit, with their easily digestible and highly atmospheric blend of space-tinged hard rock and progressive metal.

From the opening numbers Ozric Dream Theater Tentacles antics to the repetition of this effort ending this disc - now with 4 minutes of fusion-tinged soloing added in - slow to midpaced tracks with the distinct vocals of Dimitris dominate the proceedings. Charming is a keyword though, and everyone will not be swayed by the mix of peculiar, throaty lead vocals and swirling mood-filled instrument passages in relatively simplistic compositions.

Most of the tracks sound a bit like Dream Theater blended with late 70's Pink Floyd, with an emphasis on atmospheric passages but a foundation closer to prog metal than prog rock. Mix and production is a tad on the primitive side, slightly unbalanced and rough, and those fond of instrumental virtuosity may not find this effort too enticing. Those who fancy mood-filled instrumental themes and manage to get accustomed to the lead vocals should find this album to be an enjoyable experience.

A strong album, but most likely for a limited audience.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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