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Chroma Key


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.99 | 195 ratings

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Equality 7-2521
5 stars Kevin Moore's first Chroma Key projects sends a profound message to his fans that he's much more than the ex-keyboardist from Dream Theater. Sick of the style of substance all to common in prog-metal, Moore creates a bare bones, minimalist album, devoid of anything resembling a solo. This ambient space work stylistically sounds much like it's successor "You Go Now" except perhaps slightly more grounded with rock instrumentation.

Some of the tracks on the album resemble the sort of sound and instrumentation used on Moore's Dream Theater piece "Space-Dye Vest" with a greater saturation of organic keyboard tones and samples. One track on the album, "On The Page", picks up the story where "Space-Dye Vest" left off and follows the sound of that song very closely.

The remaining songs on the album are the pure, atmospheric pieces which would be found on "You Go Now". These spacey excursions are filled with layers of samples and synths all used to convey a mood to the listener. The moods chosen by Moore fall on the darker side of the spectrum conveying feelings of isolation, drifting, and depression.

"Dead Air For Radios" provides a much more cohesive experience for the listener. The songs lock together perfectly to form a uninterrupted storybook of emotions and colors. More of a focus on rock instrumentation keeps the work grounded for the listener correcting the main flaw of "You Go Now" which would sometimes become a lack-luster amalgamation of uninteresting samples. Moore has created an emotional masterpiece equaling anything he has done with Dream Theater and the greats of the prog world.

Equality 7-2521 | 5/5 |


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