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PETRICHOR

Keor

 

Eclectic Prog

4.18 | 68 ratings

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Michael919
5 stars Quench your PT / SW thirst here

Let get the obvious out of the way, this album sounds a lot like a Steven Wilson project, mostly Porcupine Tree era. In fact, at times sections feel like they are an obvious tribute. Just listen to the fist verse of The Nest of Evil. Sound like Index to you? Keor (Victor Miranda-Martin) clearly took a great deal of SW inspiration on this album, much like he appeared to do with Alice in Chains / Opeth in the previous album, Hive Mind.

Here's the thing, if this WAS a Steven Wilson project recording, it would be a VERY GOOD ONE, considering it end to end. There are no fillers here. The album is very consistent in atmosphere and mood. Dark. Like Storm Corrosion dark and melancholic at times. The heavy parts rival In Absentia at times.

Other influences that come to the surface are Opeth (frequently), Sigur Ros (or similar post rock). There's even a bit of a tribute to the Scorpions and Uli Jon Roth (The Sales of Charron) with the guitar intro, again, in The Nest of Evil.

Ok, no big deal, right? If we disqualify every band that sounded like or copied others at times, we would have very little music to listen to. The art is often in the way the artist combines these influences and adds their own personality to the mix.

This album is full of personality, however familiar. It is a very enjoyable, creative work of art and expression. The compositions are very good with a really nice flow of the tracks. The lead guitar guitar is well worth calling out. It is very restrained in terms of the low number of solos, but where they are included, they are very good. Right up there with many of the heavy prog/metal best. Victor's vocals are nice and authentic, with nice melodies. Of the music itself, the mellow parts, post rock parts and heavy parts are all of equal, high quality. Masterful, really.

If you're a Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree, late Opeth, or any form of heavy prog fan, you will like this very much. With the direction Mr. Wilson is taking his music of late (he can do what he wants and doesn't owe us a thing!), this might just be the album you need to quench the thirst.

If this was a Steven Wilson album, it would definitely be a 5-star effort. I need to subtract half a star for the originality thing. However, I need to add a half star in tremendous gratitude to have such a great album in this style, to quench MY thirst. 5-Stars!

Michael919 | 5/5 |

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