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"Doomsday Afternoon" is a brilliant puzzle of melodies.

2007 was a great year for progressive music, no doubt on this: Porcupine Tree's "Fear Of A Blank Planet", Devin Townsend's "Ziltoid The Omniscient", Ulver's "Shadows Of The Sun", and, of course, Phideaux's "Doomsday Afternoon". In my previous review of this album. I wasn't very accurate in describing the album. I'll try this time to be as precise as possible.

Doomsday Afternoon is a concept album, and is part of a trilogy, being the second episode: the first one was "The Great Leap", the third is yet to come ( I doubt it's "Number Seven"). Lyrically, it concerns ecology and "Big Brother" authoritarianism, as Wikipedia says. Even musically, many parts and themes are often repeated.

The style is very peculiar: progressive, psych music, classical, pop, folk. The arrangements are extremely refined, and the melodies are always superb. The structure of the album is also very impressive, as it has many interludes, which are never too brief, as well as long, epic tracks ("Micro Deathstar", "Microdeath Softstar").

I would say that "Micro Deathstar" is the best song of the album, since it is the one that for first puts down the themes and passages that will eventually be repeated during the album. To remember also the two epic parts of "The Doctrine Of Eternal Ice", where the melodies are different from the other songs, even though not from each other. The two "Crumble" are also original, but not from each other. "Formaldeyhde" also has original parts, as well as the brief "A Wasteland Of Memories". But for the rest, the songs always have a melody in common, the main melody, the one from "Micro Deathstar". "Thank You For The Evil" and the epic "Microdeath Softstar".

A brilliant puzzle of melodies, a beautiful journey that you will not forget.

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