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3.47 | 11 ratings

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3 stars A band whose previous albums have projected much promise. 1. "If I Don't Take It All" (3:25) (8.66667/10)

2. "Eliminate and Repair" (4:52) kind of a boring song vocally but contains some great instrumental play. (8.75/10)

3. "This Is My New Normal" (3:49) the songs are getting weaker, less fresh-feeling. (8.33333/10)

4. "Devotion Made to Offend" (4:12) something a little different but still never rises above (8.75/10)

5. "Silent Saw" (3:25) Decent. Great "rap-like" third minute. (8.75/10)

6. "Throne" (4:31) the first really good djenty music is spoiled by a less-than-stellar vocal. (8.666667/10)

7. "Don't Say a Word to Me" (5:03) interesting synth opening turns old heavy metal with the joinder of the guitars. I like the style of Darran's vocal here: long sustained notes in his upper register. Weird to hear such an "old-style" guitar solo in the fourth minute. (8.75/10)

8. "Mayhem" (3:44) nice complex djent beneath Darran's vocal. Musically the most proggie song on the album, unfortunately it loses a lot from its dull/forgettable vocal. (8.66667/10)

9. "Lying" (4:01) dialing it in? There feels like zero enthusiasm behind this song--from any of the musicians! (8.33333/10)

10. "Wake Up" (5:06) a couple of interesting ideas and melodies here but once again it fails to rise above the mundane "we've heard many songs like this before." (8.666667/10)

Total Time 42:08

The music shows little fresh ideas or progression in either technical or compositional skill. As a matter of fact, I call this a step backwards from the wonderful 2017 release, Faced With Rage.

C/three stars; fair music but not much here for the true prog lover to waste his or her time on.

BrufordFreak | 3/5 |


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