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Prefers To Hide In The Dark


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3.53 | 16 ratings

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A Crimson Mellotron
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3 stars Grim, melancholic, unsettling, suspenseful, and very dark - this is the debut album 'Boundless Eternity, Hereafter Torment' by the new UK progressive rock project Prefers To Hide In The Dark, formed in 2021, and made up of songwriter Paul Samber and vocalist Rob Poston, and aided by drummer Diane Galen and bass player Sam Higgins, completing the debut album lineup. This record is a 40-minute concept album split in four movement, with the band focusing on creating large, slowly built mood pieces, very interestingly composed, definitely not following the conventional way of structuring a song, with a great emphasis on keyboards, soundscapes, and the operatic-style vocals that could only be described as causing a bit of uneasiness; in a good sense, I believe.

The first few seconds of 'Boundless', the opening track, set a haunting, eerie atmosphere, with the metallic keyboard thumping leading to the first vocal chords, after which we are gradually introduced to the rest of the musical instruments - the guitars and the drums are sparsely and intelligently used, and these grand sonic pictures that the band has crafted are really very impactful and put in a sort of trance, engulfed by the melancholy and the darkness of the record. The vocals, must be mentioned, will not please every listener - unless you are ready for this very unusual voice, you might leave with the impression that the album is quite grotesque.

Broadly, Prefers To Hide In The Dark could be described as the doomy stepbrother of Pink Floyd, definitely a strong progressive rock influence all over this moody record. There is, however, something lacking, a bit of glue, or a sixth element to stick everything together more seamlessly, but still, 'BEHT' is very good and I am eager to see what this collective has to offer in the future and how they could develop their sound further.

A Crimson Mellotron | 3/5 |


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