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REVISIONS

Three

 

Crossover Prog

2.99 | 33 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Revisions' - Three (5/10)

Hailing from New York state, the progressive rock band enigmatically titled Three came to many a proghead's attention when they were chosen to tour with prog metal heavyweights Dream Theater and Opeth as the opening act. Around this time, Three also put out 'The End Is Begun', which has since gone on to be widely considered a masterpiece of progressive rock. As part of the lucky crowd to see the band perform live with Dream Theater, I was absolutely blown away by the band's chemistry and energy, to the point where they came close to stealing the show altogether.

With a fan made out of me, I was eagerly awaiting the follow-up to 'The End Is Begun', naturally expecting something along the same lines of quality. Unfortunately, it seems the band decided to cave in and instead of making new material to rival the accomplishment of their magnum opus, they decided to revisit and 'revise' old material, compiling some previously unreleased songs and releasing it as a compilation; brought on by a struggle with their record label. Unfortunately, the fact that these songs were not originally intended to go together shines through the album painfully. While many of the poppy, upbeat songs here are strong Three tracks and well-performed, 'Revisions' sports little to no sense of album flow, and a few songs that might have been better left unreleased.

This is not to say at all that the songs on 'Revisions' are bad; to the contrary, many of the tracks here would be right at home on 'The End Is Begun'. However, it should take little convincing that new material would almost always be preferred over recycling songs in the stead of new inspiration. In terms of sound, the performance and music is similar to what 'The End Is Begun' was all about, except without the same flow, epic composition and intention that made the aforementioned album so magical. For all it's worth however, a few songs here really succeed. 'Rabid Animals' (the apparent single) is among the band's greatest songs for its great hooks and energetic performance. 'The Game' is also an interesting acoustic track, despite sounding like a progressively-inclined Jason Mraz cover. Other songs, like the obvious 'Bramfatura' rip-off 'Lexicon Of Extremism' or the irritating 'Halloween' feel very much like the band is trying to relive past glories, to lesser success.

'Revisions' is worth a listen as a fan of the band, but for someone who hasn't heard Three before, it might be better sticking to the band's legitimate albums before looking into 'Revisions'. Despite feeling like a bit of a weak excuse for a real album, there are a few songs here that shine in the band's discography.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |

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