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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.00 | 5 ratings

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4 stars A very good offering by Ex-Extol members. I actually prefer the songs here more than the last extol release as this is much, much more interesting, with some strings, here and there, and some electronic flourishes.

This album also has a nice mix of hardcore screamed vocals, and pleasant clean vocals. The songwriting is much improved in my opinion than anything extol ever released, and a ton more immersing. The guitar work is very good, with many styles being incorporated, from some post rock influences on the guitar, like the opener, The Asylum, and some more traditional heavy approach. The drums are also very good and precise.

The standouts for me on here are without a doubt Spear Of Heaven, which has a beautiful, operatic middle portion of the track, with string arrangements and some heavy riffing over this. This then fades into some almost chaotic like noise, with some feedback, and some electronic synth washings going on around all the rumblings. This then starts to fade until the song ends.

Highly recommended for people who like many genres put into a nice package, and for fans of Extol.

Sheavy | 4/5 |


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