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Experimental/Post Metal

3.40 | 200 ratings

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4 stars well, let's start... Thanks for a great record, and a great attitude to music industry: NONE. Yes, the great mastermind melted into one, i think that the history of Fates Warning and Dream Theater would have been a lot more different if KEVIN MOORE had chosen to play with JIM MATHEOS earlier, what do you know... So, an unexpected record almost for everyone (even them). Honestly since i saw the post in CHROMAKEY's page where KEVIN states that "we are sorting out a drummer" i imagined a different perspective in this record, and what a change: a lot more electronic, ambient, organic and less metallic, with vocals reminding me DAVID GAHAN or even MARTIN GORE (a nice touch actually), however, they broke the spell of what we call "prog-metal" and i have to say that i love that decision, we cannot pretend to observe a "side-project" with the same path from one record to another. Perhaps, i found a lot more personal and honest this album, then, we leave the complex 16/27 times, but we have a lot more layered and complex record, with so many textures and colors, and of course, focusing the keyboard, guitar and vocal work rather than sounding like a traditional group. To me is a great record, a controversial one yes, but certainly a very fine one, sadder than their previous effort. Since the opening song SURE YOU WILL you realize there's something hidden in here, like a mythical animal waiting to attack, but not with rage but whispers, like in HOME WAS GOOD, or ONCE, then the heavy songs ALL GONE NOW and FREE are outstanding, beacuse they don't rely in the "show-off" side (if you hear at least twice the record you'll found that there are no solos in here). In structure is similar to O.S.I. but a lot different in escence. A great record that needs to be heard twice, and once you learned it, is poetry time!!! peace
arqwave | 4/5 |


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