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3.46 | 29 ratings

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4 stars After hearing all my life about Dream Theater clones, and finding basically souped-up power metal, its nice to actually come across a band that sounds (or tries to sound, if they are on a tight budget, like these young Greek-Canadians) a lot like their idols, but still maintains an identity. Transcend follows the DT formula of very long songs filled with metallic riffs plus extended neo-classical soloing and the occasional cheesy pop, wrapped in a slighty esoteric package, but adds more ethnic and influences.

I've heard some complaints about the vocalist, but hey, you cant expect a guy to play the bazooki and sing like a Greek god at the same time. But seriously, he sings pleasantly, and they also dared to include a 45-minute suite (what's up with debutante band writing 45-minutes these days? See also: Seventh Dimension) that holds up pretty well (actually, the entire 82-minute album flows as a single sequence of music). It will not open your eyes, and I doubt anyone outside hardcore and not too snobbish prog metal demographic appreciating this, but guys should applauded for their effort.

Progrussia | 4/5 |


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