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4 stars SYLVAN's Posthumous Silence has garnered a lot of praise from some very worthy reviewers--and rightfully so. The album is a masterful, insightful, emotional, empathic and introspective theatric/musical rendering of the toll that the psychological pressures of modern human society can exert on its individuals. But, a prog masterpiece? I don't think so. Musically, there is little very new, complicated, or "progressive;" Theatrically and emotionally it is devastatingly powerful--especially the second half. Then there is the question of category: neo, metal, heavy, or even prog (i.e. is it really more straight rock, e.g. like TRIUMPH, RAINBOW or JOURNEY? ) As a vehicle for an amazing story, and as a vehicle for showdcasing the extraordinary voice talents of Marco Glühmann, Sylvan have succeeded extraordinarily well. As a showcase for anything new: not really. Highligths for me include: the gorgeous "Pane of Truth" (8/10, a little too long), the psychologically powerful and disturbing "Forgotten Virtue (7/10), the beautiful and more progressive "The Colours Changed" (7/10), the song that really sucks you into the disturbing world of mental illness, "Questions" (7/10), the classic rock anthem with a social-political message "Answer to Life" (7/10), the theatric highpoint of the album "The Last Embrace" (9/10 Wow!), and the final two songs which drive the two-sided message home, "A Kind of Eden" (7/10) and "Posthumous Silence" (9/10 Wow! And, Whew! I'm worn out! Aren't you?).

An excellent addition to any music lover's collection--yes, even a prog lover's music collection. Four stars.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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