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4 stars This sophomore effort from Venezuelan act RC2 was a nice surprise.

Symphonic rock is something of a foundation on this creation, with acoustic and clean guitars skillfully mixed with keyboards as main melody providers, a Hammond fleshing out the composition way back in the mix for most songs and quite often a driving bass line making the odd appearance when the rest of the instruments mellow down.

The vocals are clear, melodic and of high quality; while swirling keyboard soloing, a few instances of the Hammond taking the lead and atmospheric guitar soloing are the features of the non-vocal segments. Most times the band stay in the more mellow part of progressive rock; but in a few instances leanings towards classic hard rock like Deep Purple or more modern prog metal a la Dream Theater is offered up as well - alongside more atmospheric explorations quite similar to acts like Sylvan.

Vintage symphonic rock is a distinct influence on this band; but they do mix in more modern sounding details too. Fans of acts like Sylvan and Flower Kings might find this one just as interesting as fans of Kansas and Genesis - in fact there's somewhat of a transitional quality to this release overall; residing somewhere in between vintage and modern progressive rock. Well worth checking out.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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