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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars "Clarity" EP delivers more cosmic heavy prog, continuing the fine quality of the first "Alpha" release. "Monad" surges to existence with neat rhythmic solutions, leading dynamically to a positive melody theme, projected upon vast cosmic canvas pulsing with spaced-out synthesizer sounds. Heavier and less stoned Hawkwind-oriented riff and melody harmonies relate to heavy prog's musical language, especially on the solo guitar, which releases shining deepening positive feelings to the musical experience. A more cosmic version of Time Traveller's sound could be one source of referring also. Minimal compositional elements have been enriched with both wide sonic background components and pleasant rhythmic arrangements, providing enough musical information leaving vocals obsolete, and allowing pleasant cosmic trance experience to emerge. "New Clarity" starts with dense electronic sequencer layers, from which more mystical riff running appears, and thicker fog of sonar nebula keeps smearing the song. A solemn melody solo is included, maybe crystallizing the good elements of Dream Theater, united with 1990's Hawkwind tones, and all this processed with good taste, personality and fine musicianship. After a point of turn in voyaging, the song changes diving to a descending theme, and in the end returning to opening riff.

"Voidborn" is my favorite tune of this group so far, starting with whale wails, Rush styled rhythms and grandiose synth landscapes. Composition twists furiously in radiant corners of cosmos, and later conceals a wide cosmic ambience sequence. Here are found some really fine delicate space sound constructions, sequencer pulsing and beautiful solo guitar, releasing calm rhythm progression. This long focusing to themes brings a presence of astral vastness, also building fine tensions for massive culminations in conclusive compositional solutions. The album ends to quite different track than the others, "Tunguska, Siberia", perhaps speculating the hundred year past events in a horror soundtrack styles. Synths open the tune, lingering acoustic guitars shifting in calm chord run and keyboard dominated minor melody phases.

This act caught my attention on the local concert stages, where they are luckily often seen. A very recommendable group for listening if you like cosmic music, and do not mind heavier riffs or solos in the soup. The vocal problems sometimes related with heavy music are not present on this instrumental awesomeness, and hopefully these two EP's are signals of forthcoming long player record.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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