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3.94 | 622 ratings

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4 stars "Affinity" is the almost perfect connection between complexity and catchiness. Individual songs can always be heard on the side, but the record can also be received as a concept album - delivering an exciting story on the topics of human development in the machine age, man and machine, modern society and virtual realities.

The second track called "Initiate" puts you in the 80s mood and it's important to say that throughout the album retro 80s keyboard sound is represented - ultra-modern, original prog and a journey back to the eighties. Elements of retro music are presented, but the sound remains extremely modern with real djent pieces in it.

An interface filled to the breaking point of the most varied of influences is delivered and precisely presented from the own style which this band has been representing for years. The piece forms a nice contrast between the bomastic parts which are of course accompanied by excellent riffs, and keyboard parts that come to the fore in some of the quiet songs. "The Architect" locking in at 15:40 - Classical elements are added here, which harmonize splendidly with the robot effects, jazzy spherical sounds, massive metal chord walls. A real epic, done perfectly, and a real show of the band's excellent musical understanding.

Colorful surprise bag, that offers compositions of the most varied of colors, and somehow holds together in a miraculous way.

prog_traveller!! | 4/5 |


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