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3.78 | 133 ratings

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5 stars Wow ! What an amazing album !

This albums transcends both neo-prog and prog metal. It has some elements of neo-prog (keyboards) and some elements of prog metal (guitar riffs and drums). But each song is so tightly built, so intricate and with a great sense of purpose, that it avoids the mistakes many new neo-prog or prog metal acts fall into today : pure technicality and obeying prog dogmas (lavish keyboards, 2-min shredding etc.). In this album, each there is a nice contrast between very energetic guitar riffs and drums (which reminded me, in a way, of Gavin Harrison from PT) and melodic keyboards which sometimes produce very mysterious sounds. By the way this is probably the best prog metal guitarist I've heard in a couple of years. Each one of his solos has a wonderful strenght and melody to it, and he knows how to modify his speed. Sometimes it's very fast, sometimes he'll play slow, melodic notes.

Overall, this album is a mix of the Kalisia's Cybion album (a great one BTW) and Seventh Wonder's Mercy Falls album, but at the same time showing a lot of personal identity and originality. It is very far from other Polish prog acts, so don't expect any Satellite/Riverside/Quidam wannabe. Disperse have stamped their mark on the prog world and produce one of the best prog metal albums of recent years.

Curutchet | 5/5 |


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