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3 stars The album starts very psychedelic , with the Pink Floyd'ish 3 min. 'Overture (Ulrich)'.

After 'Overture' we move into the main part of the album, This is dark music, just what you would expect from Finland, but not dark in the heavy ways of Sibelius, Or the chaotic way of Havoc Unit, this is dark in a mellow way, a darkness full of peace, could be like snow falling at night. But still I get a chill, like something disturbing is luring in the darkness, waiting to explode. The explosion dont happen, although we get some extra tension on 'Motherside' and the last part of 'Anon' ending the album, the only tracks where we seem to get a glace of the luring evil.

The album is in general low speed, with nice composition, mostly Symphonic inspirations, little if any drumming on the tracks, and not much electric guitars. Mellotron, Keyboards and Acoustic guitars, is the dominant impression, with some vocals, best used on 'Dike', one of my favorite tracks from the album. Another highlight is 'Anon', a long Symphonic builder, reminds me in parts of The Devils Triangle (King Crimson), but again far from as scary and anarchistic as Fripp.

In my opinion the album is clearly an improvement from XIII, the hole thing fits together much better, some part are wonderful, others not as much, but over all a stronger release from this independent prog band from the far north. Subjectively I am missing the explosion(s) into a more anarchistic music. Nothing wrong with this kind of mellow music, but I'm under the impression that the band is building up a tension, something is not as nice as it seems, we just never get that full answer. Who knows if that answer will come sometime in the future ?

tamijo | 3/5 |


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