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This Winter Machine



3.90 | 155 ratings

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4 stars The accessibility of neo-prog with some of the complexity of symphonic prog. A real delight to listen to. Lots of keyboards, which seem even more prominent than the vocals here. The vocals are fine, if a bit nasally. The music is very nicely layered, with relatively simple parts and some complex parts. The complex parts are prog at its very best-- lots of interesting things going on without too much dissonance. Every listen reveals something new.

Only five tracks, but in true progressive rock fashion, most of them are quite long. The only song of normal length is an instrumental. Production values are fine, although not as polished as the music deserves. The liner notes reference "nothing can survive in a vacuum" and "we turn the page," a clear reference to Rush's "Turn the Page," and it's obvious that '80s Rush was a big influence on the band.

Highly recommended, especially for neo-prog fans. 4.5 stars.

Idaho | 4/5 |


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