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4.26 | 15 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Crashscape (2:01)
2. Clockstop - Insight X (3:31)
3. Code of Conduct (6:13)
4. Clockstop - Insight 2 (9:30)
5. Sleepless Angels (4:43)
6. The Pulse (7:53)
7. Clockstop - Insight 3 (1:24)
8. Death and Her Brother Greg (4:24)
9. No Can Do (17:56)
10. Clockstop - Insight 4 (7:14)
11. A String of Repeats (8:54)

Total Time 73:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Tom de Wit / lead vocals, rhythm & lead guitars, synths, orchestrations
- Rich Hinks / bass, backing vocals
- Fabio Alessandrini / drums
- Remco Woutersen / cello solo parts

- Marco Sfogli / guitar solo (4)
- Daniel Magdič / guitar solo (5)
- Koen Romeijn / guitar solo (6)
- Chris Zoupa / guitar solo (8)
- Andi Kravljaca / lead vocals (9)
- Matthew op 't Einde / (9)
- Luca Di Genarro / keyboard solo (9)
- Norbert Veenbrink / guitar solo (10)
- Lennert Kemper / guitar solo (11)

- Laura ten Hoedt, Cailyn Erlandsson, Nicole de Ruiter, Iris van 't Veer, Rikke Linssen, Stan Eimers, Ron Brouwer, Rich Hinks, Abraham Sarache

Releases information

Label: Layered Reality Productions
Format: CD+DVD, Digital
December 4, 2020

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
4 stars This is the latest album of singer, producer, and songwriter Tom de Wit. If on his previous releases the story of his music was centered around fictional characters, this time the title refers to his own severe bowel disease that he suffers 11 years ago, and where he almost felt like dying. So the music on this new album has an emotional charge that you can hear listening to the whole 74 minutes. The music can be described as prog metal that is atmospheric and heavy with plenty of tempo changes, always intense and with some symphonic flourishes. The vocals are all over the place with female and male clean vocals and some death vocals as well. The addition of a 9 piece choir gives another dimension to the music. Tom has really succeeded to create some great arrangements with this choir, some strings that back up the heavy guitar riffs. On this album, I did hear more piano than keyboards and the music strength relies on the way Tom has built the melody on an emotional crescendo that keeps your attention throughout this whole 70 minutes album. I couldn't stop thinking about the band Riverside listening to the calm passages in the music, at the point that I thought that the vocalist of Riverside was actually signing, but the music is different and more chaotic and extreme than Riverside when it gets at a faster pace with more extreme guitar riff. There are some grandiloquent guitar solos that match the giant amount of vocals work done here. So the wait to hear this new album was worth it because Tom felt he was not ready, but now we can enjoy the result.
Review by kev rowland
5 stars I have known Tom de Wit for a few years now and have always been greatly impressed by his work and style, which generally involves him telling stories in a truly progressive metallic style quite unlike any other. When we were talking about his next release, he asked me if I would say a few words about his music for the documentary which would accompany it, and of course I agreed, so for the third consecutive week here I am reviewing something where I have a presence. Knowing what the album was about, I felt obliged to play the accompanying DVD first, which not only incudes a lengthy interview, the uncut footage of those who were asked to take part, the music video for 'Death and Her Brother Greg', but a full-length documentary on Tom. Given he dislikes being the centre of attention, this must have been incredibly hard and personal for him, as those included in the interview are his parents. Here we discover about his mental struggles with high sensitivity, as well as the severe gastric issues he suffered which led to the insertion of a stoma, and Tom very nearly dying.

The reason for having such a personal documentary included with the album, is that unlike other times when Tom has been putting himself into a persona, here he discovered when writing that he was no longer talking about a character, but instead was telling his own story. This is one of those releases where it is important to play the DVD before playing the music itself, as it adds a great deal to what the listener is hearing. Unsurprisingly, emotions run high through this album, yet somehow Tom keeps it together, giving his guests room to add their own touches to the material, which is as varied and non-standard as I have come to expect over the years. That it is progressive is never in doubt, but he also moves into the more theatrical area beloved of Clive Nolan, with the choirs definitely adding to the overall impact.

It is an album which required the listener to pay attention, and all the lyrics are included in the booklet which contains full details of who played and sang where. This reminds me of the old days when one sat with the album sleeve and (hopefully) lyrics, and that is where the most benefit can be gained, really becoming involved with the music and living the words. There are times when this is considered, times when it is frantic (Marco Sfogli's quick solo in 'Clockstop ? Insight 2' is awesome), yet always it is designed to engage with the listener on an incredibly personal level. The music is dramatic, always searching and driving, and there are times when this feels more like a modern classical piece than a metallic masterpiece, but it is both. The line where Tom says "The moment I came to terms with my mental pain, the physical pain reared its ugly head" is almost whispered, and in total contrast to the maelstrom happening musically, demonstrating just what he was going through.

Immensely personal, this is yet another stunning release from Tom, where he really has bared all and left nothing behind, even allowing his stoma to be visible in the video. This must have been incredibly draining for all those involved, as it is all so very real indeed. This is Tom's life, his struggle, and he has put it out there for all to see in a stunning piece of music.

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4 stars TDW / Dreamwalkers Inc. is Tom's project from WIT as a front-man; started in 2004 and finalized in a new version in 2017. This collective plays modern symphonic metal with progressive touches, acoustics and ambient, music combining emotion and intensity. This is their 8th album. TDW (just his l ... (read more)

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