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Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

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4 stars Pure Reason Revolution - 'Cautionary Tales for the Brave' 4 stars

A wonderful taste of things to come.

The predecessor EP to the debut album 'The Dark Third' is a tasty acquisition indeed. All the tracks on this EP make it onto the debut with the exception of the first track 'In Aurelia'. This release in my eyes is aimed to represent the many different forms that the band can take which is displayed by each of the tracks.

'In Aurelia' is the least complex on the album. Opening with a heavy guitar in the beginning and staying strong throughout the track. Each of the vocalists sing here, but don't quite show the harmonization yet. A simple and raw track.

'The Bright Ambassadors of Morning' exposes much of the opposite. The beginning of the song contains a lot of samples and effects with mostly restrained guitar work. The vocals take their true form in the chorus. They are beautiful voices, perfectly harmonized and provide some catchy choruses. The guitars pick up towards the end to be the most dominant instrument.

'Arrival / The Intention Craft' starts out with samples and clean guitar in the back. About two minute in the song break into a nice guitar and drum groove. That would probably be the most aggressive the guitar would get on the album. The song really just continues from there with aggressive vocal lines as well, accompanying the fast paced music. This brilliant track is closed out with a psyche outro similar to that of Ozric Tentacles and Porcupine Tree.

'He Tried to Show Them Magic / Ambassadors Return' is much of the same from 'The Bright Ambassadors of Morning'. The former part of the suite is mostly vocally driven work and then the reprise comes in. An excellent track.

This is an excellent EP. Obviously, I would recommend the album over this because it contains the best tracks and then some.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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