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The T
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2 stars This is a case where the parts are better than the sum of them.

I don't agree with the previous reviews of this album. As much as I like (and love) some of the bands these musicians come from, the result was far more dissapointing than I expected it to be (few supergroups actually work, especially when there's not a clear head.)

Maybe the problem (for me) is that the band actually sounds more like the band I like the least out of the big variety groups these musicians come from. This band doesn't sound much like DREAM THEATER, doesn't sound much like PLANET X, doesn't sound much like WINGER or DIXIE DREGS. I know, it's perfect for a band to have a unique sound, to be original, but oftentimes supergroups tend to be closer in style to one or two bands. And in this case, PLATYPUS' music bares similarities with that of KING'S X, an outfit I've never cared much for due to their simple, hook-less, bland music.

And that's what gets me from Ice Cycles: the lack of any really memorable melodies or choruses, the inability by the band members to produce anything that's worth trying to memorize. The music is hard- rock at its simplest, with only a few scattered attempts at showing a little bit of the potential of each band member. Myung's bass is simple, Morgenstein's drumming is ordinary, Sherinian's keys are mundane (even though at times he's the shiniest musician in this record), and Tabor's guitar is just competent. The best moment in the album is the instrumental 25 and parts of the last short-epic Quintology. The rest is as forgettable as many other supergroup albums that never quite reach the heights we expect them to reach, sometimes naively.

Recommended for fans of simple hard rock.

The T | 2/5 |


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