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Crossover Prog

4.21 | 51 ratings

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5 stars Unitopia is a well-known established band that has been around for almost 20 years. The music is accessible and melodic prog rock with symphonic structures. The band stuck through the years to the same formula. "Broken Heart" starts with a classical intro before Mark Trueack shows his unique voice. It's near the end that the band breaks loose with some heaviness from the guitar riffs of John Greenwood. "Something Invisible" is an atmospheric piece that is not a departure from their previous albums. "Bitter Sweet" starts with the flute, the piano, and the violin before a break near the end with cool percussion/vocals parts into a mixture of jazz and pop. The song has taken a big turnaround. "Mania' is the first little epic divided into two parts with the second displaying some vocal effects and some metal-style passages in the end. "The Stroke of Midnight" is an 8 minutes breather ballad showcasing the violin and piano. "Helen" is a 19 minutes track starting in the acoustic mode before getting into a full symphonic style with some long instrumental sections. "The Uncertain" is the heaviest song of the album with some classical arrangements, some huge guitar riffs, and many tempo changes, some fast ones showing a darker atmosphere.

This album shows a more adventurous style of the band. I never heard the band playing some musical crescendos of that nature. They added a bit of heaviness and a darker edge to the music which is related to the themes of that album. They have reached a high level of quality here in their songwriting by keeping their talent for beautiful arrangements and excellent production. This is the great modern prog album that fans have been waiting for.

rdtprog | 5/5 |


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