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Crossover Prog

3.95 | 42 ratings

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4 stars A great debut from a great band.

Romania's 'byron' present a fantastic blend of wonderful instrumentation, conceptually driven writing and a diverse blend of modern and classic prog rock, amongst other stylings. The result is this album, a great journey through many worlds of music, emotion, atmosphere and (forbidden!) drama. The theatrical sound and genuine tone of the album make it both easy and hard going; a really great mix, which can be enjoyed in the background, or up front with full focus. It's really great and refreshing to hear a band release a full-fledged, strongly focused and driven album as a debut, rather than a compilation of half-baked demos with no real identities as many other bands have.

The album has a very song by song driven feel, although always sticks closely to its concept lyrically. The band's sound and style is well developed for a first album, and you can easily hear a signature sound carrying through the whole album, something which many other bands struggle to build for years. Most of the album follows a more straight-up rock format as far as song writing goes, and the catchy hooks help to make the album so fun, and at the same time, serious in sound. The stand out tracks for this reviewer are No Man's Land and Far Away, although the entire album is lovingly forged and there are no real moments of weakness.

All in all, a great debut, easily worthy of 4 stars.

progkidjoel | 4/5 |


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