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    Posted: August 11 2005 at 20:30
Just reviewed it...  wondering what other people's thoughts on the album are?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2005 at 21:49

Good review Man Overbored, nice touch the added link to a VDP song

I generally find them to be too plastic for my likes,but good moments throughout

just love that guitars



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 03:01
  I LOVE THAT AVATAR.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 03:54

Do you really think that the album is as good as Unfold the Future and Remedy Lane? A while ago you said in one of your posts that these were the only albums which you would rate 5 stars, unless I'm mistaken.

I really like the album, but I think it seriously lacks originality.

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=40138

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 12:18
That's a good question.  I thought we were to compare it to other albums in their own subgenre...  in the melodic, song-driven prog-metal genre, I think it's 5 stars.  If it was to be overall overall, against everything else to ever exist, I'd probably give it 4.5, if I could.  But if I were simply to be comparing it to Dream Theater, Symphony X, bands like that...  yeah, 5 stars. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 12:55

I agree that it makes sense to compare albums with their peers, rather than with all other prog albums. But which are similar artists/bands in this case? Threshold comes to my mind - and I'd prefer their albums over the Beyond Daylight anytime - Hypothetical and Critical Mass are better. and those aren't even the best in the genre - their album Subsurface is nearly perfect.

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  • Subsurface: 5 stars
  • Critical Mass: 4 stars (4 1/2)
  • Hypothetical: 4 stars
  • Beyond Daylight: 4 stars (3 1/2)

All IMO of course.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 13:10
  I can understand that opinion.  I *love* Threshold, though I don't get into 'em as much as Vanden Plas.  Hell, I even have Threshold's live DVD, and they are PERFECT live...  I'd possibly rate it higher than a VP live album, but I still prefer Beyond Daylight over anything I've heard from Threshold (though I prefer Threshold's Critical Mass over the other VP albums).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 13:20

Do you know Beyond Twilight? Great band ... I'm always confusing their band name with VP's album name ...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 13:30
  I'm listening to a sample now...  it's like...  power metal...  there's a VERY fine line between prog metal and power metal, but I prefer to stay on the prog side...  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 13:37

Fair enough ... try this for something completely different:

http://www.kaada.no/

In their discography you can listen to the albums, I recommend Kaada & Patton - Romances.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 13:44
  I LOOOOOOVE  Kaada/Patton - Romances.  
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