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3.88 | 117 ratings

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To my knowledge, this is the fourth album by these US proggers. A band with a very good reputation and alledged one of the better bands from the new generation of US prog bands.

Their music is a mix of grunge, technical prog metal, AOR, rock and some symphonic prog. The music is complex and heavy at times. It is also stripped down other times.

The instrumentations is both vintage keyboards and more 20th century type of studio wizards keyboards. There are a lot of groovy rhythm guitars and nice guitar solos too. The bass and drums is also pretty much in the fore of the sound. The vocals are a bit stucked in the back of the mix.

And what the heck is the point of having a drum solo on a studio album ?

I am not overawed by the vocals here. Neither am I overawed by the music itself. The music feels a bit forced. Based on two listenings, a one star review would had been in order. But the album grows on me, but without really becoming a hit album. The lack of any real great tunes here is a major problem. The sound is also a bit twenty-by-the-dozens for me to really get engaged in this music. For me, this is a reasonable good album and nothing more. This being my first Izz album, I hope their back catalogue has more to offer than this album.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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