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When Chris TRISTRAM wasn't playing bass with SLASH or MARJORIE FAIR, he often thought about going back to his musical roots. On a whim, he filmed himself playing along with 'Roundabout' by YES and posted a video online. Almost 100,000 viewers watched it, including MOTH VELLUM founder Johannes LULEY, who was looking to complete the lineup of his new project PERFECT BEINGS. TRISTRAM's flawless and confident performance instantly convinced LULEY that his search was over.

Half a year earlier, LULEY had approached songwriter Ryan HURTGEN, a fresh transplant from Nashville, about collaborating on a progressive rock project. The two envisioned an album that would honor the style of traditional prog rock, while infusing it with a fresh take on melodic lines and lyrics, and by doing so, catapult the genre into our present time. They loosely based the album on the 2013 sci-fi novel 'Tj and Tosc' by Suhail Rafidi - its themes of transformation, self-identity, technology, and love in a post-apocalyptic world were a perfect fit with the music. Dicki FLISZAR, drummer for BRUCE DICKINSON's band, joined them in the late writing stages.

Once the concept for the album was fully sketched out, the search was on for a keyboard player and a bassist. FLISZAR's former band mate Jesse NASON and the aforementioned TRISTRAM were the undisputed choice. In the spring of 2013 PERFECT BEINGS recorded their debut at LULEY's studio, My Sonic Temple in Los Angeles.

PERFECT BEINGS are all about the interplay of five forces, each bringing their individual styles and talents to the plate, combining them into one big musical feast.

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 II by PERFECT BEINGS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.96 | 138 ratings

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Review by memowakeman
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4 stars One step beyond!

I would like to thank Johaness Luley for contacting me and sharing his great music with me. After my experience with their debut album, I am now happier with the second effort of this US band Perfect Beings, a new project that has started to grow some fans worldwide due to their excellent music. This second album is simply entitled II, and just as the previous one, it features 10 compositions but this time the total time is lower, with a 49-minute length.

It opens with "Mar Del Fuego", a wonderful track that gathers elements from symphonic rock with a traditional Spanish flavor that can be perceived through the sound of acoustic guitar and the claps we can listen as background. The composition is very well-crafted, the first minutes are totally instrumental and then Hurtgen's voice enter in a soft way, just for a brief passage, because later that Spanish feeling returns until the very end of the song. "Cryogenia" has voice since its first second and the sound is completely calm and mellow, reminding me of their debut album much more than Mar Del Fuego, which seemed to mark a different tendency on Perfect Beings' sound. This is a nice track, but that's it, it also has a kind of Floydian feeling, you can tell it by the women vocals on the background. "Samsara" is the shortest piece, reaching only one and a half minutes, and it brings a spacey and tense atmosphere that will prepare us for the next track.

"The Love Inside" is my favorite track here, I even chose it to play it on my radio show. Almost nine minutes of great music that starts calm and relaxing with piano and little by little it is flowing and progressing, introducing new elements, creating wonderful nuances and an amazing explosion of neo progressive rock after five minutes. I repeat what I might have said in my review of their debut: the sound has elements of vintage prog, reminding us mainly of Yes, but they manage to make that vintage sound modern, hope you get me. Great song!

"Volcanic Streams" is a wonderful song with a darker atmosphere. I love the sound of the bass here and all the spacey sounds keyboards create; the first minute is amazing, and I love how it suddenly stops and then it begins again, taking us to a journey through space and imagination. The tension vanishes after 2:30, a soft guitar prevails and the vocals enter creating now a relaxing atmospehere, reminding me now of Pink Floyd and RPWL. "The Yard" is a weaker track, softer and more easy-listening. I mean, it is nice and enjoyable, but the two previous tracks were so great that this one is a let down, despite there is a pretty nice instrumental passage.

"Go" has a 80s spirit and I love it. I like the voice and the bass sound, and now the retro prog spirit does not exist anymore, now Perfect Beings took elements from the new wave era, reminding me of Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and I enjoy it a lot. "Rivermaker" is a nice song in which Hurtgen let us know he is a great singer. It is mostly his voice and the piano, in a ballad-esque space, touching people's senses. "Cause and Effect" has again a soft sound but this time I like it a lot, the voice is sweet, the keyboards produce interesting sounds, while drums and strings make a perfect complement. After two minutes the song becomes chaotic, the wonderful bass takes me to Roundabout times and the guitar and drums exemplifies once again the heavy influence Yes has made with Perfect Beings. This has to be one of the best tracks of the album.

And II finishes with "The Thrill Seeker", an enigmatic song with a delicious slow tempo, nice bass notes and sweet drums, a nice way to finish this great album. Perfect Beings are great without a doubt, and I can say I have enjoyed more this second album than the debut, so I am now eagerly waiting for the upcoming one, with new surprises and sounds.

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Review by memowakeman
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3 stars A pretty nice debut!

Perfect Beings is a young band from the United States, conceived back in 2012 when Johannes Lulley and Ryan Hurtgen joined forces aiming to create a new project which would share their love for classic progressive rock, made with fresh ideas and a let-s say-modern sound. And in 2014 they released this debut album entitled Perfect Beings, which gives the prog rock listener 10 songs and 52 minutes of great music.

It opens with "The Canyon Hill", which honestly is like a short pop track that introduces us to the album. The first two minutes are not that great, later it becomes a bit better but it is far from being a gem, of course. "Helicopter" is another short song but much more attractive to my ears. Though there is still a catchy sound, the progressive rock elements are evident here due to the use of keyboards and guitars that show a touch of neo prog with a modern style. With "Bees and Wasps" they now sound big. This is a wonderful composition that starts with a nervous piano and somber strings and drums; after a minute the atmosphere is brighter and the rhythm becomes catchy again, but this time they begin to build up a structure that will give us truly interesting passages. I like the bass, I am not sure but it might be a Rickenbacker; later they use some electronic vocals and with guitar they create a kind of chaos that lasts for some seconds because later the brighter moments return, including a pretty nice mellotron passage accompanied by piano.

A 9-minute track comes next with "Walkabout", a song that blends folk with symphonic rock. The sound is pretty mellow, the voice is sweet and the music easy to dig. I think the first three minutes are just ok but then it progresses, becomes a bit more intense and to my ears, much more interesting. A nice blend of Yes-Genesis-The Flower Kings sound can be perceived here, of course without being a copycat, no, it is the original sound developed by Perfect Beings. "Removal of the Identity Chip" has a soft sound, guitars a-la Steve Howe and again a very sweet voice, but I think at least in this song, that I prefer the instrumental passages, mainly the last minute with that amazing guitar solo.

"Program Kid" has again a mellow sound, closer to a pop song with a slow start. After a minute drums and bass join and make it a bit more interesting, however, I've never felt so attracted by this track in spite of its more intense and loony second part; but that's just me, you, reader, might find the beauty I couldn't find. The next one is "Remmands of Shields" has a pastoral sound made by acoustic guitar, reminding me a bit of Wonderous Stories. This is yet another catchy tune that is pretty nice and dreamy, but that is far from making me falling in love with. The first 10 seconds of "Fictions" reminded me of Gates of Delirium, but later that sound vanished and vocals enter with a catchy sound saying "Far Away, I'm Far Away", I must point out that they have a great use of backing vocals, and they know how to seduce the listener with that Yes-like guitars. This is without a doubt a vintage song enchanted with a modern sound.

"Primary Colors" is a short track whose keyboards sound at first caused me a great impression, however seconds later the song becomes again smooth, catchy, and friendly; the adventurous moments that I would expect simply don't come. The album finishes with "One of your Kind", the longest composition of the album. I believe the guitar has been definitely my favorite instrument of the whole album, I love that Howe-inspired sound on Johannes Luley and in this track it also has its own Spanish guitar passage, just before the song explodes and the best part of the whole album begins. Lush keyboards, excellent bass lines and a fast and adventurous instrumental passage. I wish they would have added more of this through the album.

Perfect Beings released a pretty nice debut, however I cannot hide I never felt as excited as I wished while listening to it. However, they are talented and of course I would like to recommend their music to my readers, especially those who are fans from Yes and The Flower Kings.

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 II by PERFECT BEINGS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.96 | 138 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Pefect Beings is a young prog band conducted by Moth Vellum guitarst Johannes Luley, who also has a solo career for some years now. I was really surprised to see such high ratings on this secobd offer named simply II issued this year 2015. Is quite strange because to my ears is an absolutely fair and decent release with no stunning ideas overall, but good in terms of musicinship. Many considered close to masterpice or even a solid release, to me is not that way. The music is fueled with crossover elements, popy arrangements but all are constructed in progressive rock way, with some more complicated parts and aswell some more simple ones. As I said the interludes between musicians are fairly good, specially Johannes Luley guitar really shines on couple of pieces . Some nice yet keyboards passages added saves this album to me to be a real flat release. I can't really say why I don't like this album so much as other do, but one thing is sure I do really like a far lot more Moth Vellum, is a diffrent beast that had much more to offer thin Perfect Beings do. In the end I can say is ok album, nothing more nothing less, the first half of the album is to me better then the rest. Few spins and that is it. 3 stars.

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Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars Perfect Beings debut album was one of the pleasant surprises of 2014. The performance by all band members was strong, the songwriting and production was excellent, and the album itself is one of the best examples of how to organize tracks to build up to a crescendo at the end, leaving the listener wanting to hear more from the band.

Their second release, coming out just about a year after the first is very similar. As I listen, each band member frequently evokes thoughts of "Damn. That guy's good!". The songwriting, as in the previous album, is impeccable, using influences from both past and present to come up with a truly original "Perfect Beings" style.

The only thing I have issue with on this is the order of the tracks. Where as the debut started out with quirky pop-styled tracks, that evoked (to me) the classic art-rock of bands like 10cc and XTC, and worked its way up to strong symphonic pieces, this one does the opposite. The first track, "Mar del Fuego" begins the album impressively, similar to a Flower Kings style symphonic prog extravaganza.

The next two pieces, "Cryogenia" and "Samsara" have a moody Roger Waters/Pink Floyd sound, with outstanding keyboard sounds, as if Richard wright was resurrected for the sessions. "The Love Inside" is where I might have started the album. The song begins as a light, poppy tune, but builds into grandiose, and sometimes eerie prog.

"Volcanic Streams" begins with beautifil jamming in an Eastern motif, and mellows into a smoother, slightly fusion track. Nice, but the volcano seems to ebb too soon.

The second half of the album is where the prog seems to be, unfortunately, held back. The songs are certainly nice, and somewhat catchy, but to a prog fanatic like myself, bunching them all together after such a strong first half is something of a letdown. Still, these musicians are too good to not throw in an inventive riff or passage here and there.

I would give this a strong 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

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Review by tszirmay
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4 stars I was one of the dissenting voices among prog-rock critics who anointed Perfect Beings' debut with buckets of drool and tons of praise, feeling that it was not exactly what I was expecting in view of the immense enjoyment I had with Moth Vellum, guitarist Johannes Luley's previous project that yielded sadly only one masterful album. I certainly approved of the intense Chris Tristram bass guitar rumble, the excellent stick work from Dicki Fliszar and the magnificent keyboard playing of Jesse Nason, which came to be quite surprising. Axeman Luley has been a favourite since his session days with German techno pop band Camouflage, so I had a strong focus on the instrumental quality. Singer Ryan Hurtgen can also sing, to say the least. What bugged me about the debut is the overtly poppy/choppy first tracks which had the misfortune of leading me sideways. The rest of the material was way more palatable but it just did not register that strongly after the initial letdown. Too many cross references to bands like XTC, 10cc, faux-jazz ala Lee Ritenour/Larry Carlton/George Benson and a hodgepodge of other lesser known influences.

So it's with a certain trepidation that I gave this a spin, albeit on progstreaming, and I can report that this time, the band sounds like a modern prog band that is on a mission. A cuckoo greets 'Mar de Fuego' and proceeds to blitz a superb keyboard run, ably held together by an up-front and cocky buzzing bass and a scouring guitar rant, straight out of the classic symphonic sound, tossing in a piano flurry for good effect. Hurtgen has a gentle voice that soothes and appeals easily. Niiiiiiiice! There is that certain Yes influence (trebly bass, soaring lead guitar and shuffling drum work) that is undeniable but that is always a good thing. The follow-up 'Cryogenia' flows well, initially highly minimal, acoustic accompaniment and effect-laden voice leading the icy parade, before melting into a more substantial prog dirge with loads of electronic orchestrations, Luley unleashing a screaming 6 string volley that convinces even the diehard doubter like moi. He throws in those Howe-like squeaks that soar to the heavens. This is a complete departure from the debut 'blue' album.

The criminally under timed 'Samsara' should have been extended, a menacing electro brew that is both ghostly and dramatic, a proper intro for the album first outright jewel, the splendiferous and epic 'The Love Inside', a nearly 9 minute musical exploration that possesses both intrigue and technique, bristling piano at the outset, then both the voice and the bass entering the fray, adding the squeaky guitar fills until it builds up into a harder structure , laden with complex patterns and a slight dissonance. This is terrific progressive rock in the traditional symphonic mode, with stellar mood, impeccable playing and smart rhythmic moves. Even the languid singing impresses.

This majestic piece is followed by another amazing slice of prog, the porcupine quilled 'Volcanic Streams', a bubbly, searing, tectonic rumble full of bravura, gruesome sounds and I find myself almost floored by how much I actually like this music , gone are all the silly and wasteful details that made the debut so frustrating a listen, at least to my ears. After a long sweltering flow, the arrangement suddenly alters into a slick groove, the bass carving a mighty furrow with in a jazzy highway of sound, clanging guitars and shuffling drums, a total surprise that really had me tapping my toes in unison with the rhythm. Mind music that effects the listener is what prog is all about.

'The Yard' reverts to their more playful, lightweight style, something that I feel is not their forte, trying to sound like a clever pop band with cool jazzy intonations, well, err'. No!

For a second, I thought 'Go' was a new Duran Duran song, complete with Tristram doing a passable John Taylor bass pop, while Hurtgen pretending to be Simon the Good, which in a way encapsulates what makes this such a strange experience. (Hey, I actually like DD, 'Come Undone' is a pure genius pop song of the very finest order), it's just that it just barely fits with the previous cocktail of sensational prog pieces they delivered earlier. The resemblance to something off 'Rio' (a great album BTW) is uncanny. I preferred smiling that being angry in any shape, way or form.

The haunting 'Rivermaker' is another far-reaching surprise with Ryan Hurtgen wailing passionately over some complex scales, oozing all kinds of emotion out of his lungs, a thoroughly harrowing experience. It's kind of hard to compare this to anything out there, what with its odd orchestrations and screwball guitar flanges, while the soulful voice aches, pains and throttles over the melody. Pleasantly stunned.

'Cause and Effect' seems to combine all the previous elements into one organic piece of progressive music, a 'balled' ballad as I like to call it, offering a Beatles-like vocal and a bizarre instrumental foray that veers into the absurd and atonal, all players cooking like crazy cooks splashing in some giant musical wok, a sudden whistling synthesizer screech and a summery vocal that made me imagine of some white laundry flapping in the wind. I like the bizarre'..

The finale stuns again, a simple beat, rolling bass and a forlorn, low-ended voice, sleepy and soporific. 'The Thrill Seeker' strives for the ecstasy, of that there is no doubt, more on the groove oriented jazzy scale, armed with a delightful proggy edge and relentless shine.

This is more like it! Way more like it, actually love it. There, Johannes.

4.5 seamless organisms

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Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars Very pretty crossover prog that is incredibly well produced and very seriously composed from very competent songwriter-musicians, including crossing over into a little of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's sonic world on 1. "Mar del Fuego" (4:22) (9/10), 2. "Crygenia" (3:39) (8/10); the gorgeous little synth interlude, 3. "Samsara" (1:30); 5. "Volcanic Streams" (5:55) (9/10); 7. "Go" (4:50) (8/10), 8. "Rivermaker" (5:08) (8/10); the schizophrenic 9. "Cause and Effect" (5:13) (9/10), and; the highlight of the album for me, Steve Kilbey/The CHURCH-like, 10. "The Thrill Seeker" (4:38) (9/10). I really like the choices MOTH VELLUM founder Johannes Luley has made in his brief but diverse career--I have collected all of his music and find it all enjoyable, it has just not lived up to fulfillment of the Earth-shattering potential that I first saw/heard in the MV debut. But, don't stop! I love all that you are doing!

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Review by MorpheusMusic1

4 stars STYLE Contemporary progressive rock. II is a highly polished collection of easily accessible songs that might fall into a very different genre if it weren't for the fascinating instrumental work that encases many of the vocal sections. A number of the songs have a lilting, psychedelic pop feel to them, an impression intensified by Ryan Hurtgen's languid vocal style. Musical accompaniment is often subtle, understated and laid back when supporting Hurtgen's voice, but then shifts dramatically as the singing falls away. The playing then is deft and imaginative with clear references to the best traditions of progressive rock - Johannes Luley's guitar work shining especially brightly in this regard. His fingerwork is very varied in approach, distinctive and suitably angular - I could happily listen to much more of his playing. That said, the rest of the band are excellent: keyboards both dynamic and atmospheric, with some especially tasteful piano; a gutsy rhythm section that is capable of some jaw-dropping drive and intricacy when needed such as during the startlingly spiky second half of Cause and Effect. There is a lot to explore here - many partially hidden details and bright compositional gems adorn the memorable hook lines and easy melodies of the main themes. ARTWORK Perfect Beings' second album arrives in a slick black digipack with lustrous orange and blue artwork. A fiery volcanic orb fills the front panel, radiating into blackness; this is echoed on opening the first panel by a heavily-veined, glowing, orange heart. The rear panel provides track titles floating, bright against a solarised portrait photograph. Further pictures of the band in action are found within, juxtaposed, montaged, layered against a beaming pyramid sunset; a burning volcano eruption, licking flame forms. A generous 6-section fold-out can be found in the right-most panel (extricating it reveals hidden artwork in the pocket itself). The insert contains lyrics, credits, thanks and a touching dedication to the late Chris Squire. OVERALL Perfect Beings follow up their 2014 debut with II - a ten track album of tight, progressive-rock oriented songs. Ranging from the one and a half minute Samsara to the impressively dynamic The Love Inside, which falls just short of nine minutes, II oscillates back and forth between gentle, melodic vocal passages and cleverly, inventive virtuoso instrumentation. There are moments when the band heaves in gloriously dramatic retro-prog ingenuity (these are my personal favourite sections of the album) such as the momentarily 'Tales' reminiscent Mar Del Fuego opener. There are intimate and elegant piano passages; cinematic pieces with intense crescendos; near-ambient mood zones and some well-crafted shifts and switches mid-track that hold the attention nicely. I'd be fascinated to see what this band might do with a longer epic - I've a feeling that they could be stunning - but then I'm partial to musical enormity when it comes to progressive rock. Explore the ablum via the band's Bandcamp page or you can find much more of Perfect Beings on the official website.

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US band PERFECT BEINGS is a fairly new player on the progressive rock scene, the initial start of what ended up as a new band took place in 2012, recordings for their first album commenced in 2013, and their acclaimed debut album that was the result of those sessions appeared in 2014. Just over one year later they released their second studio production, simply named "II", through My Sonic Temple.

What was a striking feature about the debut album by this band was the manner in which they managed to create accessible songs within a progressive rock context, creating material that had the ingredients needed to spawn interest also beyond a progressive rock interested audience, in essence creating a contemporary version of what one might describe as the art rock bands of the 70's. Just one year later it would appear that Perfect Beings is a band in rapid development in many areas.

Initially this album continues very much in the manner of their first one. The compositions are accessible but sophisticated, with subtle details and arrangements more elaborate than what you initially hear the order of the day, and with the stellar vocals of Ryan Hurtgen arguably adding an even more powerful, emotional drive to the material than what was the case first time around. The songs play out in a melodic and compelling manner, mainly using subtle effects rather than more dramatic ones to maintain tension and interest, always with a focus and aim at crafting and exploring sophisticated yet accessible material that, by and large, can be described within an art rock context just as much as a progressive rock one, for those who consider those as separate expressions.

This album develops however, and for me fifth track Volcanic Streams, which is my personal highlight on this production, strikes me as a transitional cut. The instrumental opening half of this song, revolving around a striking, compelling and achingly familiar sounding piano motif with a liberal amount of psychedelic-tinged details surrounding it as this section develops, is one that showcase a band willing and capable to add more challenging details to their material as well, and combining this first half with a gentler, striking and highly accessible second phase containing the vocal passages afterwards is a stroke of true brilliance in my book. The following track The Yard showcase that this is a band that know their way around some jazz-oriented details as well, including those in a song with a bit more of an art pop focus, while the following piece Go is a creation that opens up as a synth pop tune not too far removed from the likes of Tears For Fears, with a slight topping of Frankie Goes To Hollywood in the more intense parts of the song, and then takes a sudden left turn into rather more challenging and psychedelic-tinged landscapes, before returning to the synth pop oriented parts again.

Descriptions of a similar nature can be given to the remaining songs on this album as well, with compositions that alternates between one or more compelling and arguably broader appealing sequences, and then pairs them off or develops them into material of a somewhat more challenging nature. Radiohead was a band that came to mind in terms of this general approach at times, albeit in terms of approach and not all that much in terms of style and expression I should add.

Personally I regard Perfect Being's second album as a quality creation. Arguably a production that won't have quite as much of a broad appeal as their debut, but also one that showcase a band developing their style. They maintain a focus on and a foundation in accessible and rather broadly appealing songs within a progressive rock context, but on this occasion with a somewhat stronger focus on challenging details and sophisticated elements.

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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Perfect Beings II" is as the title suggests the 2nd full-length studio album by US progressive rock Perfect Beings. The album was released through My Sonic Temple in October 2015. Perfect Beings was formed in 2012 and released their debut full-length studio album in February 2014. An album which was generally well received.

Stylistically the music on "Perfect Beings II" pretty much continues the melodic progressive rock style of it's predecessor. I hear influences from contemporary artists like Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and the Norwegians in Gazpacho, but also from artists like mid- to late 70s Genesis and 80s Rush. There's also a predominantly subtle fusion element featured on the album, which occasionally breaks into more busy and loud fusion parts. It's best displayed in the middle section of "Cause and Effect". A track which is otherwise melodic and quite accessible in nature, but which is disrupted (and I mean that in a positive way) by a pretty noisy fusion oriented section with busy drumming and a blistering guitar solo.

Not all tracks feature as radical stylistic changes as "Cause and Effect" does, but all tracks feature clever structures and adventurous ideas in addition to more easily recognisable vers/chorus structures and melodic vocal lines. "Perfect Beings II" is generally a very pleasant sounding and atmospheric album, although it's not completely devoid of edge, which is a great treat that creates a good balance. Lead vocalist Ryan Hurtgen has a soothing pleasant voice. A skilled singer with the right emotional delivery and his choir- and harmony vocal parts are also spot on.

"Perfect Beings II" is packed in a professional and well sounding production too and upon conclusion it's quite a strong sophomore album by Perfect Beings. The way they blend accessible melodies and pop sensibility with the occasional more hard rocking section or progressive part is very successful to my ears (their occasional excursions into symphonic prog territory are for example very charming and don't sound too derivative). It's not a cocktail which works for any artist, but these guys know their songwriting craft better than most, and the outcome is of a very high quality. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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 II by PERFECT BEINGS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.96 | 138 ratings

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II
Perfect Beings Crossover Prog

Review by Slartibartfast
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4 stars I have been listening to repeatedly and am offering up this review of an advance soft copy that the band was kind enough to let me have access to. I would have worn this one out regardless. As important as hard copies are to me I'll be going for one of the deluxe editions.The official release date is in a few weeks.

Perfect Beings second album will be enjoyed by those who liked their first one and if you didn't like the first one, I'd be surprised if this one will change your mind, but you never know. With II they are perfecting their originality. I find it harder to pick out the artists that shaped their sound. While I know this can be harder for me in terms of reviewing or recommending to those who aren't acquainted with them yet, they were my first new artist discovery in 2014 and I am really glad to see them putting out a new album in 2015. Hopefully progstreaming, where I tried them thanks to getting the top spot, will feature them again. Damn nearly slipped under my radar screen.

Favorite song is Volcanic Streams. Wonderfully intense opening. Crank it up!

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