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4.19 | 633 ratings

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5 stars 9.2/10 - They returned!

For many years a new album from Matthew Parmenter's DISCIPLINE had been not only a wet dream for almost any Prog fan, but also a thing unreal, since Matt was busy with his solo career (pretty close to what he was doing with DISCIPLINE though). But this Autumn brought us this jewel, this dare-I-say Masterpiece, a real treat for everyone who likes his Prog to be dark, moody, song-based but not too simple.

Time has done nothing to DISCIPLINE's music: I haven't heard any electronic samples that could ruin their beautiful 70s-alike atmosphere, just better production and mastering. Bouda's recognizable guitar tone, flashing rhythm-section and Parmenter's dubbed vocals along with his keyboard work which is never bombastic but always in-its-place - all DISCIPLINE's aces strike you with their brilliance just when the first track starts off. You could hear 3 tracks from album's 5 before with "When The Walls Are Down" being my long- time favourite: a creepy story about loneliness and insanity, reoccuring themes for Parmenter's dark poetry. This one, with both "Circuitry" (amazing and powerful opener known since DISCIPLINE's live album) and "Dead City" (some joyful melodies detected but unexpected!), serve for songs here, while two closing tracks, "When She Dreams She Dreams in Color" (with its long atonal brooding coda) and "Rogue" are Epics. Since I've seen "Rogue" live on MySpace I wanted to get my ears on its studio version - and here it is! I may have lost a major part of my interest for Prog now, but from where I'm standing (and judging from how many epics I've heard in last 3-4 years) "Rogue" is THE BEST PROG EPIC since IQ's "Harvest Of Souls", easily! Every note is on its own place, every section has its tension, and some lines are just as brilliant as Music can just be!

Now, final words for those who still consider DISCIPLINE to be GENESIS/VDGG/KC clone or something. Just check Parmenter's solo work, where he does all this darkness and depth by his voice and his guitar/piano only! Surely they're INFLUENCED, they bear some similarities and they HAVE to stuck in this Retro-Prog hole in order to be heard, but for me DISCIPLINE are the same way great and classic as any other legendary band you would compare them to. I quit listening to 99% of these-days-Prog nowadays for its bleak copycat- like nature, but DISCIPLINE remains one of my all-time favourite bands ever along with, say, THE MARS VOLTA, TOOL, GY!BE, ALICE IN CHAINS, DRIVE LIKE JEHU, THE CURE and JOY DIVISION.

Prog-jester | 5/5 |


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