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4 stars It sounds like one song with five movements...

Oh man ... I really love this excellent offering from Poland's space progressive metal band. The music is really great combining progressive metal elements as well as space psychedelic style that sometimes bring me to the kind of Ozric Tentacles goes progressive metal. The music is truly captivating as you will get excellent contribution of good melody vocal which most of them is in clean vocal style with some screaming verses - but it makes unique style; guitar work both in riffs style as well as stunning guitar solo; piano and keyboard and of course powerful music flow that sounds all album as one song with many movements - five movements. The other good characteristic is that in every song there are many changes of moods and styles. The music sometimes is unpredictable and makes good experience in listening.

The opening track Hyperactive (5:45) starts nicely with piano touch that sounds something mellow and it then suddenly move to the spacey progressive metal style with nice combination of power and space psychedelic. Almost in the same style is the next track Driven To Destruction (7:06) which both have excellent dynamics and energy from start to end. What then becomes my favorite is the third track Egoist Hedonist (8:56) which has powerful melody and energetic style with bass-driven composition. This track demonstrates the band's innovative way presenting the brass section sounds, emulated from keyboards, that enrich the composition. There are many excellent bassguitar lines throughout this attractive track, I really enjoy it. The guitar solo is also stunning especially when it's combined with the spacey background that surrounds it. Oh by the way, I like the parts when the lyric verses say something like "Just let me live without your pain". Wow!! It's really great man! Left Out (10:59) starts beautifully with atmospheric bass guitar work combined with guitar fills that bring the vocal enters the music in mellow style. In terms of tempo this track can be considered as mellower than the previous three tracks but again the flow and overall composition are really excellent. I do enjoy this track from start to end. Yes at the end there is heavier style and it makes the music much more captivating especially with its Hammond- like organ sound. It's quite weird isn't it - having prog met with Hammond? But it's really nice. The final track Hybrid Times (11:53) is like a great climax that summarizes everything this bad has as its potentials. It's really great to have organ solo combined with guitar solo in a space psychedelic progressive metal using rhythm section that is very bass guitar driven throughout the whole song.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. I just one to add that the production - the sonic quality - is really great and you will get full satisfaction if you play it LOUD. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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