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2 stars I am familiar with Gerard some very first bombastic albums as well as with his some more professional and better balanced works from late 90-s. Then I just missed him from my field of musical interest.

This new release of 2010 reminded me about this band, and I was curious how do they sound now? Album's opener " Ring of Eternity " was a real surprise for me - instrumental quite complex and melodic composition full of energy, but well balanced.It reminded me "Birds And Buildings" debut album's opener, and I believe it's a great compliment!

Unhappily, from the very next song I was disappointed a lot: bombastic keyboards maniac Toshio Egawa hardly changed his point of view on his instrument use and importance in band's sound. And even worst - this time main album's sound is AOR, melodic straight-ahead energetic compositions with overbalanced accent on synth sound. Easiest way to imagine how does the band sound is just to remember latest Rainbow albums, where they turned more to American market.

Keyboards' sound is very unpleasant, too "synthetic" , same is with vocals. Somewhere in the end of album compositions turned a bit to later Yes synth-pop influence zone, but in combination with pseudo-dramatic vocals and very simplistic compositions it didn't help.

Album in all sounds as artificial parody-release on some AOR or even symphonic pop-metal bands. Possibly it was better just to stay with my quite good memories from Gerard albums from late 90s-early 00'.

snobb | 2/5 |


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