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4.37 | 3111 ratings

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5 stars Yes was one of those bands that whenever they put a new album out, I had to have it. I have owned over 20 of their albums in vinyl, cassette, and CD. So that means I have bought each release approximately 3 times. I have also owned 4 different videos by them. I have been a loyal fan. Out of all those albums I owned, "Relayer" is my favorite. Nothing else they have done comes near it, except for "Close to the Edge."

"Gates of Delirium" is the definition of prog, as far as I am concerned. The song construction is killer! I love the way the band will state a musical idea, go on to something else, then come back to the first idea and restate it in a different way, so as not to grow stale, like so many other prog tunes do. If any of you prog heads out there want to play prog right, study this song!!!!!!!

I am so glad they didn't have Rick Wakeman on it. I am sure "Gates of Delirium" wouldn't have been half as good. I am going by what he did on their previous release, "Tales of Topographic Oceans." Patrick Moraz was the right choice. He is simply full of fire throughout the music. He wails away. "Gates" just keeps getting better and better as it moves along. It should be required listening.

"Sound Chaser" is another killer tune, with Moraz making himself known in new and exciting ways on the keyboard. Steve Howe also does some amazing things on the axe.

"To Be Over" is the slow song. It is like the band have worn themselves out with the fast stuff and are taking it easy on this. The song is moody and beautiful. It doesn't have as much going on as the other two songs though.

I am giving this album 4.75 stars, only because I think overall "Close to the Edge" is the better album. With that said, "Gates of Delirium" is one of the best musical pieces I have ever heard. It easily out shines "Close To The Edge."

Keetian | 5/5 |


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