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5 stars This is definately a masterpiece of experimental progrock! It is almost impossible to describe how dark and sinister atmosphere this album has. To put it this way: It is the perfect music to go with the H.R.Geiger coverart, and that says quite a lot I think.

The individual members are really amazing at their instruments, and the compositions are all top notch all the way. The best track is in my opinion the 16 minute title track, which is nothing other than a masterpiece. Words are really not enough to describe this music, it really has to be experienced. Trust me ! A lot of people can hear a lot of Van Der Graaf Generator here. Although I'm sure it has been a great influence to them, this music is a lot more sinister and complex than VDGG ever was. IMO, also a lot better (and I really like VDGG).

The CD release has a bonus track, which is quite different from the rest. It is a lot more "straigh t forward" jazz fusion if you can say that, but that doesn't mean it is a bad track. It is actually one of the best fusion pieces I've ever heard, and the fact that it is 24 minutes long doesn't make it any worse! The drummer is amazing (as the rest of the band), and remind me quite a bit of Phil Collins, especially on the bonus track.

In a nutshell: An extraordinary, one of a kind, truly creepy and dark, yet MAGNIFICENT album which really has to be experienced to be understood ! Do yourself a favour and get this album immediately (if you can find it that is).

erlenst | 5/5 |


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