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Sonic Pulsar


Crossover Prog

3.03 | 17 ratings

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3 stars The debut album from this Portuguese band (although more the job of one man ? their leader Hugo Flores) was a pleasant surprise: some good mix between prog metal and symph.

"Out Of Place" is using the same principles and consequently is pretty much similar to the "Ayreon" inspired "Playing The Universe". Still, the metal angle is more blatant ("Burning Inside Me") and therefore I don't like it as much.

One of the most elaborate song is the mini suite (just over ten minutes) "Schizophrenic Playground". It opens as a Floydean affair, very spacey and aerial as the name of this section imposes ("Falling Asleep").

This song is supposed to depict a standard night: fall asleep, dreams, nightmare and awakening. At times, KC is at reach (especially the guitar play). The "Nightmare" part mainly. But is this a surprise with such a title?

This instrumental track is a highlight for sure.

Some short numbers are sounding like fillers and could have been avoided ("Always Knew", " A Chain Of Actions") but the long "I Hear Of A Place Called Earth" is quite attractive. Once again, Floyd is the reference (the intro has a lot to share with "Hey You") with some added prog metal lines. Skilled guitar work as well during this quite good piece of music.

The closing parts from "Out Of Place" are not do good: but that's only due to their metal progressiveness I guess ("Solitary Star" and the well named " Instrumetal"). Fortunately the melodic closing "Time Has Been Broken" brings some variety again.

This album is not as good as its predecessor. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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