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4.37 | 1586 ratings

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5 stars Well it's not the most original album of the nineties (here you find some references to CATHEDRAL's "Stained Glass Stories", SHYLOCK's "Ile de Fievre", regarding of their dissonances, but also an epic style in the vein of EMERSON LAKE & PALMER), but it's anyway a jewel, one of the best ones in the nineties, along with for example ECHOLYN's "Suffocating the Bloom" or AFTER CRYING's "De Profundis"...even though at the end you could erase one star from the evaluation, cause unfortunately the weak vocalist (in a few sung tunes to be remarked inside their album) is able to "risk" the fortune and the reputation as well of the most important Scandinavian "shooting star" ... and moreover this latter is too much involved in changing the rhytmical patterns and mood as well, if you regard their overstated attempt to make some extremely various and "new" small music "pieces" of their harmonic puzzle...but nevermind, above all when it's a minor defect in the contest (especially inside their long suite), cause after almost 20 years the present album makes us feel so good and discuss a lot anyway. Besides, I don't think that for example another Scandinavian band like Flower Kings is able to do the same with their music, despite of their strong presence inside the international prog scene!

"Hybris" is already a classic number, but it will remain as the unique jewel along with "EPILOGUE", cause the band will brake-up in a few years...long memory after all!

lor68 | 5/5 |


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