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4 stars This band is one of the most elegant prog-metal performers i've ever heard, with a very nice and trademark sound, from vocals to guitars through keys, bass and finishing with drums, why i bother to fill the whole spectrum? beacuse i need to say it: they sound like them, period, i don't try to say that there's a characteristic sound like the one DEREK SHERINIAN has abused, or sounds like are timeless like the one BILL FRISELL has achieved, no, is the whole interplay of the band, their unity, modesty and simplicity. They rely on the music and the composition by itself, leaving the show-off and personal exposure, even the vocals has this perfect balance in the mix, awesome.

So, they try to reach a sort of epic journey throughout the album, nice move actually, but leaving the tematic stuff aside that let the songs act as a whole and as a single outfit. Personally, NARCISSUS is a great closer, but the record is quite an adventure, giving a lot of textures, with slow tempos, trapping your mind onto the full mix.

Another great band that is trying to escape from the "prog-metal" fold as an overrated genre, avoiding the bandwagon easy-out exposure, creating their own niche, dealing with very bad distribution (at least in Mexico).

My statement follows this way: Expect the unexpected, is not DREAM THEATER, is not FATES WARNING neither MARILLION, PENDRAGON or ARENA, is a very nice band of professionals that must be heard as is: no preconceptions at all.

arqwave | 4/5 |


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