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The Inner Road


Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 106 ratings

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3 stars The Inner Road second album released this year 2013 named Ascension is a good one, but to me is less intresting then their previous work. Besides head of the band the multi instrumentalist Steve Gresswell, here we have a new memeber Jay paramar responsable for guitar duties.

Well, exactly this new entry in bands sounds make me say that this Ascension is less intresting then first album. While Phil Braithwaite had a smooth elegant manner of playing with many memorable parts, this Jay Paramar while is of course a good guitarist little fail to impress me here, I mean almost every solos and guitar parts sounds the same on every piece and he has a more Steve Vai orientation then previous guitarist who had a more Camel, Genesis direction in his playing.

Ascension has a clear Steve Vai/Satriani kind of aproach sounds like a guitarist album, is progressive in sound but less symphonic then Visions and has less keyboards arrangements, and aswell the passages are not so complicated anymore, no more lots of twists and turns. I can't extract a piece to be the best, all has same level. Overall good album, but not fantastic as Visions. 3 stars for me, nothing more nothing less.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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