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4.02 | 237 ratings

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Yep! This is how I can describe this album in brief. Why? The music is completely progressive metal with many abrupt changes in style and tempo but the vocal quality and singing style is very similar with David Coverdale of Deep Purple. Can you imagine that? Hope you can. If not, just buy the CD - you would never regret it. For me personally, I knew the band about two years ago from information exchage with my power metal friends who love bands like Helloween, Kamelot, Blind Guardian or Angra, etc. I did not pay enough attention on it but when I listened to it - wow! what a great music offering with varied riffs and styles. So I did purchase the CD sometime this year during 10th PROGNITE event in Jakarta. Two things triggered me to write my thoughts about this album. Couple of weeks ago I got a Norway's band MAGIC PIE debut album (which I wrote a long review in this site). Two weeks ago, in prog program from the Jakarta Alternative Station (radio) Magic Pie was aired with its opening track "Change" (20 minutes) and at the same time the radio aired also "Missing You" from Ark "Burn The Sun" album. What a coincidence! Both bands are coming out from Norway and both are excellent bands. So I am being cjhallenged to write my views about ARK "Burn The Sun" .

I am not going to review on track by track basis but for sure if you are not into a progressive metal music, I would recommend you to go straight to the 11th track "Missing You". Why? This track is the most accessible one to wider range of ears because it's like a melodic ballad with a sort of combination between neo prog with symphonic prog music with orchestra at background. Some people call this kind of track is "ear candy" because you can digest easily. The other ten tracks are completely progressive metal vein with rich composition and abrupt tempo changes, heavy riffs and powerful vocal. The album opener "Heal The Waters" (6:37) starts energetically with drum solo followed with heavy music. The other great tracks are "Resurrection" (5:31) which has great melody and nice guitar riffs that bring us to the 80s hard rock music. The style changes beautifully in the middle of the track. Sixth track "Just A Little" (4:36) is another great track especially with the use of spanish acoustic guitar played in fast speed - it reminds me to Germany's guitarist Bern Streidl. This song is so powerful.

It's a highly recommended progressive metal album. Keep on proggin' ..!

Progressively yours, GW

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