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4.03 | 164 ratings

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4 stars Bearing in mind that I dismissed Ayreon's The Universal Migrator (2000) for being too bombastically polished, there are some similarities with Clepsydra that also make it somewhat undesirable. However, the positives greatly prevail over the inconsequential negatives. "Tuesday Night" is a remarkable mixture of guitar and drum work. an opening for the keyboards to add depth and combine with Aluisio Maggini to deliver what are Clepsydra's best and most unique qualities. Maggini's clipped accent and dramatic voice creates a very satisfying overlap with the rest of the band, there's a Meatloaf-ness about the audio drama that hits your ears. "Travel of dream" has an 80s charm to it with the piano work and "The Father" and "Tuesday Night" that have an international Iron Maiden ring to it. Yet slower, calmer and somewhat more composed when delivering the guitar melodies. There's even a hint of Genesis sound to it, perhaps neo and symphonic crossing borders for a fleeting moment. There are few negatives to point out about an album that produces such a good sound. "Alone" and "The Nest" are extraordinary, while "End of Tuesday" finishes in a heavier stint than how the album began. Although appropriate to be played on a Tuesday night, other nights shouldn't be ignored. The pleasing quality of Clepsydra's music allows you to play it almost every night and not tire from their meticulously explored style of music, which is an excellent example of neo progressive rock and definitely a beginner's choice for anyone.
Verisimilitude | 4/5 |


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