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Crossover Prog

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The Truth
4 stars I had a request (more like an order heh heh) to write a review for this album and had been meaning to for some time, just never getting to it.

First off, I'd like to say that this is the first Romanian band I've ever heard and I was a bit surprised at what I heard. I wasn't expecting something this mainstream.

The music itself is alot like Dredg (as stated in the band biography) but a little heavier and more moody. It is often times engaging but at the same time easily accessible (in prog circles at least). Crossover is a good way to describe the music, I'll leave it at that.

We start off with Fake Life which is a good introduction to the overall sound of the album, melodic semi-heavy Dredg-like prog. The title track is somewhat reminiscent of Porcupine Tree but a little more proggy then them, more complex instrumentation (another kind of highlight of the album). Crossroads is a nice acoustic break which serves it's purpose well, to relax you. It does slowly build into a pretty epic sounding song though. Watercolor is a soothing piano track which I think symbolizes depression. Losing Control is a particularly heavy track (symbolizing a sort of downward spiral) that also brings back the feelings of Dredg and The Dawn of a Drunk Bum is sort of a theme for hitting the "bottom of the barrell" of life. Far Away is another semi-calm track which explodes into a heavy electric synth filled instrumental. Annoying Detail is another acoustic track which sounds quite a bit like Crossroads but with maybe a little more emotion. On the Road is a fairly moody track which reaches almost a whimsical feeling at points, interesting song this is. Essential Piece is a very Porcupine Tree-esque song but still has byron written all over it in the flavor. Blow Up My Tears is another fairly heavy track, in this one the vocals have some extreme feeling. No Man's Land is calm pop song that has some beautiful piano interludes and at times sort of thrashes at you (real calm, I know, but the core of the song is). Toast Proposal is an excellent closing track, starting with just the vocals but gradually gains instruments and a nice pop melody.

Through that mass of describing the songs, you'll find that this album is a very well put together effort. I give them four stars for this excellent album and that may change to five in the future.

For fans of Dredg and likely Porcupine Tree (wait, didn't the band bio say that?)

The Truth | 4/5 |


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