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Supernal Endgame


Crossover Prog

3.64 | 34 ratings

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3 stars Supernal Endgame came to life in Dallas, Texas in 2000, when John Eargle and Rob Price decided to form a band, that would fuse spiritual lyrics with adventurous musicianship.They were joined at some point by guitarist Dan Pomeroy and several other members passed through the band's line-up, but it would be only in 2010, when the circumstances would be mature enough for launching an album.They would work as a trio at the time with Eargle singing, playing guitars and keyboards and Price providing lead vocals, additional keyboards and drumming.But this album would also include the presence and music skills of a handful of guest artists, like Roine Stolt and Randy George, the rest of the list contains some 10 names with three musicians playing the violin.''Touch the sky, vol.1'' was released on ProgRock Records.

The band itself characterized the sound as a mix of Symphonic and Pomp Rock and this is a pretty accurate description, if you should also add some AOR hints at places.With 80 minutes of recorded music, this would be a real bet for the Americans and the result is eventually impressively cohesive, memorable and well-crafted, drawing influences from acts like STYX, YES, KANSAS, RUSH and BOSTON, sounding close to Florida-based neighbours CRYPTIC VISION.For the most of its part the album is quite convincing, featuring tight songwriting and a fair dose of instrumental running minutes with mono- and polyphonic vocal arramgements and grandiose compositions, led mainly by layered synthesizers and punchy guitars.The material is extremely polished and refined with compositions passing through romantic lines and melodic themes to powerful orchestrations and flashy solos, while the sound is always flavored with piano interludes, folky violin drives and acoustic textures.The band did have an accesible and compact sound, but they performed their music usually via epic atmospheres and bombastic instrumental parts, thus the album holds a great balance from the start to the very end.A couple of pieces are definitely too AOR-spiced with heartfelt music and lyrics, but you will be rewarded by a pair of other, full-blown Prog celebrations with retro aesthetics, superb variations and extended instrumental moments with symphonic colors.

A succesful debut by the Dallas boys.Epic, grandiose yet melodic and memorable Prog Rock with religious lyrics, highlighted by a nice combination between modern and old music principles.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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