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Eetu Pellonpaa
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5 stars I consider this as one of the most affecting albums I have encountered during my quest of searching emotions and communication from music. The sharpest edges of the band's musical style have now matured ready for the Greco-Roman wrestling with Gods of Antiquity, "Gravity" resembles "From Within" certainly, but feels like a next step onwards with the new sounds found after Van Der Graaf Generator oriented "Nucleus" LP. "Monolith" strikes to the listener first with raw power, associating with the front cover's girl's astonishment of universal miracles from the moons of mars. The song title embodies interestingly in the middle section, where mellotron and bass guitar circle around monolithically stagnant guitar chords. "Ricochet" elevates solemnly even further heights on its intro, resting for a while on the room of lover couple's doubts and concerns. The union metaphysical and casual themes both on lyrical and musical idioms strengthen the records listening impact, allowing easy grabbing points for the sound rocketing to the divine spheres. "The War is Over" stays on the human relationship theme, shifting to more acoustic orientation, and being captured to a funny official film easily found from the internet. Following two compositions return to shadows of doubt and despair, waiting slowly possible realizations of the fearful anticipations on a path of individual's life. The title track feels slightly like a re-run of "Hole" from their previous album, not reaching the same massive of destructiveness, but curving rock dramatics successfully to a hazy hippie vision of "The Games We Play". The album coda "Seljak" is one of the most amazing conclusions to any rock album I have heard, the instrumental track handling time signatures, aggressive boosts and hollow calm moments' contrasts to final trinity chords blowing the vinyl to deepest levels of consciousness. As a personal memory, I remember when I was struggling with my graduation and spent solitary workday's nights at the local pubs, this album with its predecessor and Morte Macabre's album formed my own soundtrack of the darkest hours. But the promise of hope glimmering on this music is also true, not much after all unpleasantness often get solved, and I also found other local hippie acts for my soundtrack of healing, relating to Jefferson Airplane and such listened at high school. If not greater than life, then as great as life this music on my turntable I see.
Eetu Pellonpaa | 5/5 |


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