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THE DARK THIRD

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

3.74 | 252 ratings

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horsewithteeth11
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3 stars As many other reviews have already mentioned, this is a band with a sound comparable to Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd. I don't really want to spend a whole lot of time on that though, so I'll let each person who listens to PRR be the judge of how much of an influence both have in this record.

Overall I was surprised to find this an enjoyable listen. I'd heard mentions of the band's name before I discovered them on this site and always thought of them as another quasi-psychedelic indie rock band. I was half right. They do have some indie leanings, but they also have plenty of progressive leanings that should delight listeners of both areas of music. Of course, there is the obvious Floyd influence found in the use of very atmospheric and dreamy keyboards and Porcupine Tree mixed with some Beach Boys in the use of vocal harmonies. The keyboards are noticeable almost immediately in the opening track, Aeropause. For anyone who questions the prog credentials of this band, the fact that the band is on an indie label means nothing to me other than them wanting more creative control of their music, and how often would an indie band bother to release an almost 12 minute single? Speaking of which, that song, The Bright Ambassadors of Morning, is a line taken from Pink Floyd's Echoes, which also happens to be the track I'm listening to as I write this review. It's a good mix of the type of soundscape one would expect from a longer Pink Floyd song mixed with some heavier rocking. I like the contrast between the male vocals and Chloe's voice. I also enjoy the way the last track makes a reprise back to this song.

All in all, I would rank this album as 4 stars for myself, but for this site, I unfortunately have to give it 3 stars. Although I feel I can add an extra half a star because I see a band with great potential in this album. Strong yet contrasting vocal harmonies are one of this band's strongest points. If the thought of that and dreamy psychedelia intrigues you, get this album. However this probably isn't something every prog fan will enjoy.

horsewithteeth11 | 3/5 |

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