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4 stars Here's a concept album about a dystopian world which describes the way you can perceive the state of the actual world today. The band continues to show the Pink Floyd influence especially with the voice of Phil Burton. The guitar is in the Gilmour style also in some parts and you can hear some Richard Wright spacey keyboards. The music got a cinematic feel going into some different mood with piano and acoustic guitar through some prog metal parts with crunchy of electric guitars. All this music is embellished with classical arrangements and Latin chant. The songs switch from ballads passages to more upbeat parts that are obvious in the last epic song divided into 5 parts "Dystopian Delirium". This album has a nice atmosphere overall and doesn't appear long to get through the whole 70 minutes and will appeal to fans of Pink Floyd and RPWL. 3.6 stars
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Posted Saturday, October 28, 2017 | Review Permalink
5 stars Recently heard this band, I listened to their last album, I think more general, but this new album but I was surprised. Although they were greatly influenced by pink floyd, but in this "rise" they found their own voice. This is a dystopia concept, the lyrics are obscure, it seems to describe a totalitarian control of all, and then find their own attempts. Music, very beautiful, especially piano and string together complement each other, guitar also occasionally have excellent performance, this point would like to david gilmour, but more modern. The best part is the upper half, the lower part is the anti-utopian suite, but relatively mediocre, can not let me find too many bright spots. So I give this album four points (out of five points), I really love to listen to it, has been listening for four times, should consider it into the ranks of the best album of the year.
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Posted Sunday, October 29, 2017 | Review Permalink
4 stars Review # 74 This is a band I discovered recently, and I was surprised by its quality.

Rise, is a 70-minute-long concept album, about a dystopian future. The music is dark and melancholic, but beautiful and melodic at the same time. I found many similarities between Rise and Black Science by Machines Dream. (Both are new bands - well, kind of - both are Canadians, both released dark and melancholic concept albums this year, and both doesn't try to hide their Pink Floyd influences).

The album opens with a small intro including a choir (Dawn), followed by the wonderful instrumental Tree of Life, which could be easily used as a soundtrack for a movie. This was the first song I heard by them, and because of it, I tried to find more info about the band and this album. One of the best songs in the album without a doubt. It is a long, melancholic and very beautiful composition, which has a very interesting turn after the middle of the song. Tree of Life is followed by The Other Side, another sad, but beautiful tune as well. The low tempo and the melancholic style continues with the 4th song (In Motion), but once more the song includes a significant change and a wonderful guitar solo, which improves the song even more. Fill the Void is the 5th track and one more song including a major change in style. After a short piano intro, the song changes completely, with loud guitar riffs and a fast and powerful tempo. Sunset is another melodic instrumental, but not as melancholic as Tree of Life. (And 6 minutes shorter). The first part of the album closes with Under the Spotlight; a good and powerful composition.

And then, the second part of the album begins, which includes the Dystopian Delirium, divided into 5 parts. It begins with another intro, followed by Shadow of Freedom, which sounds like it was recorded by Dream Theater! But then comes the album's longest track (Forsaken Dreams), which is one of the highlights. Stronger than Death continues in almost the same style, and then comes Dusk, which is the album's finale, including a choir in the same style like Dawn; the opening song (and Tree of Life as well).

And just like that, 70 minutes have passed, and I reach my hand and press the "repeat" button. Because one time is not enough. I am not sure if I will finally include Rise in my list with the best 10 albums of 2017, but it seems very possible to happen. This is an album that definitely deserves your attention! Give it a try, and have your ears wide open! 4.0 stars

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Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Review Permalink

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