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3.47 | 41 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Arabesque
2. Break What We Know
3. In-Between
4. Time Machine
5. Indentured Pride
6. Stars Shall Fall
7. All The Rage
8. Distant Memories
9. Take What's Mine
10. The Blink Of An Eye

Line-up / Musicians

- Tilmar Fischer / keyboards
- Philip Griffiths / vocals
- Ludwig Benedek / drums
- Matthias Wurm / guitars
- Frank Fischer / bass

Releases information

CD on March 2012 (via Quixote Records/Progrock Records USA)

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ALIAS EYE In-Between ratings distribution

(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars German band ALIAS EYE has been around for close to 15 years now, and as such they probably merit the description of being an experienced act. "In-Between" is their fourth full-length production, and was released by the US label Progrock Records at the start of 2012.

"In-Between" isn't a CD I imagine will find much favor amongst those looking for capital P progressive rock. Innovative features are few and far between, and if you love encountering challenging escapades this disc is one you most likely should avoid. But if you tend to enjoy accessible art rock, and especially if you enjoy classic rock and what's commonly referred to as AOR, then this is a band and a CD that might warrant inspection.

Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'In Between' - Alias Eye (7/10)

Despite the fact that their most publicized selling point is the fact that their singer Phillip Griffiths is the son of BEGGAR'S OPERA's Martin Griffiths, ALIAS EYE proves to be a strong force in an area of progressive rock too often burdened by cheese and tedium. Having been around for a decade or so, this band's fourth album enjoys the sort of experience and maturity that could only come with playing together for so long. Although ALIAS EYE's focus on melody in prog rock takes a little warming up to, 'In Between' is a notable album from this German-based act.

Although it may seem counterintuitive to think that a focus on melody would mean that 'In Between' takes time to grow, it's simply not something that many bands under the prog rock banner aim for. When they do, alas, the result is one which often leads to bland power rock with the occasional synth solo, presumably in an attempt to convince listeners that whatever they're hearing is prog. There is not a song on 'In Between' where ALIAS EYE do not build around bombastic vocal melodies and choruses, but there is a much greater ambition than the arena rock drones that first made me wearing of prog's melodic face. Although those starved for song suites and half-hour flute solos will stay hungry here, the songwriting manages to find a fairly comfortable balance between more conventional 'rock' songwriting, and more left-of-centre arrangements. To the seasoned progger, many of these experiments (like the title track's flirtation with jazz) will seem tame, but taken in the context of such concise songwriting, these small leaps of ambition may seem more adventurous than they actually are.

Phillip Griffith's voice is arguably the highlight of ALIAS EYE's sound. While the instruments- particularly the guitar- are handled very well, Phillip's voice is the focal point of the songwriting. To his credit, he sounds much like his father Martin (of BEGGAR'S OPERA) who also makes a cameo on the album. Coincidentally, Martin Griffiths offers his vocals on a cover of his own band; the minor hit 'Time Machine'. Not to mention that this song feels a cut above the writing on the rest of 'In Between', it is very cool to hear the collaboration between father and son, although the two admittedly sound a little too similar to totally tell apart.

The softer, piano-driven 'Stars Shall Fall' is another great track here. Not only does it feature some of the best vocal work on the album, the piano and additional keyboard work are lushly orchestrated. It also works as something of a divide between two stylistic 'sides' of the album. Up to this point, ALIAS EYE plays a fairly conventional form of rock, made 'proggy' with its use of synths and light experimentation. Where ALIAS EYE arguably have the most promise here is on the second half of the album, which takes their melodic brand of prog and boosts it into a relative stratosphere of experimentation. 'All The Rage' is a head- scratcher after a relatively grounded string of rock songwriting; fusing metal, dance music, pop and funk into something oddly reminiscent of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. 'Take What's Mine' could be interpreted as what SUPERTRAMP would sound like if they were playing DREAM THEATER-style progressive metal. All in all, it does not feel like the band lose their bearings completely on the second half, but they definitely save the wealth of their risk-taking for late in the album, and it's frankly a fair bit more engaging to listen to.

From a progressive rock standpoint, the music of ALIAS EYE is tame and at worst, harmless, although that may be judging too harshly. Where the band's strength lies is their penchant with melody, and their skill with fusing elements of prog canon into songwriting that feels neither pressured nor forced. A deceptively eclectic album from a band I'm glad I took the time to warm up to.

Review by Progulator
3 stars Alias Eye straddles the line of progressive rock, hard rock, and progressive metal in wonderful ways. From balladesque piano movements to crunchy guitar riffing and even good ol' bluesy rockn'roll, In Between manages to be everywhere on the map yet maintain a very distinct sound. In other words, you never get the impression that these guys simply didn't know what kind of music to write. Their style is tight and distinct, and their execution of songs is clear and skillful. Phillip Griffith's vocals are clear and spot on, recalling a bit of Damien Wilson meets 90's hard rock in a good way. While his voice isn't my favorite type of sound, Griffith is a phenomenal singer and his delivery across the album will please fans both old and new. If you like good rocking melodies and a band that can deliver good tunes that will get you moving as they combine catchy with smart, this is an album for you.

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