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3.26 | 51 ratings

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3 stars A superb album, really. And no, I'm not just saying that because I love Damian Wilson so much. ^^ Though I admit I prefer this over the Hitchings-era Landmarq.

The band has a habit of putting the title track of the previous album on the next. And so, "Solitary Witness" finds its place on "Infinity Parade". "Infinity Parade" finds its place on "The Vision Pit", and both "The Vision Pit" and "Science of Coincidence" appears on "Science of Coincidence". Strange prog buggers, ya'all. :P

Anyway, "Solitary Witness" opens this album. Clear vocals on a nice soft song. It's not very complex, but it's easy to remember and sing along with, which is always nice. I prefer "Gaia's Waltz". You'll find more of the same on this album. I can't exactly pinpoint what's so appealing to me about this style, but it's a fact.

"Landslide" is a more rocky song with a faster tempo, reminding me of several other neoprog bands. I swear I've heard things like this before. Doesn't make it any less enjoyable, though. Not at all. This instrumental track goes over into "Ta'Jiang", a 16:32 minute (epic?) track. I especially love how the song starts and finishes, with that "Chi- sha-jiang...rivers of golden sand". For me, this song has an oriental feel to it, something with old China, yet blended into a progressive whole. The middle part is filled with a piano/vocal part, followed by a powerful instrumental piece with howling guitars and menacing keys.

"Tailspin (Let Go The Line)" is a much softer song which gives some room to breathe, though I could've done without that bass. It's a little too fast and dominating. Normally I love bass, but this sound I'm less fond of.

"The More You Seek The More You Lose" is a good rocky progsong, but it's a bit...I don't know. Silly, maybe. Landmarq has more songs like these up their sleeve. Like "Terracotta Army" and such. "Embrace" is a beauty of a song, and a nice closer of the album.

Conclusion? I would recommend this album over the latest Tracy Hitchings-era Landmarq albums any day. "Ta'Jiang" alone would be a good reason to buy it, I'd say. Definately not a bad one, but maybe more of the same. I swear I've heard some things before, in things like MERCY TRAIN and SHADOWLAND. 3 stars? Yeah, it's not half bad.

Tailscent | 3/5 |


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