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4.17 | 1108 ratings

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3 stars It's good, but not that good. In terms of experimentation, having in count these are very technical musicians, they deserve a prize. But my ears ask me to press stop after the fifth track. It seems like the prog rock public in general do like this material but I think it's overrated. The music is very mechanical which can be good in this times when there is no much you can innovate, yet it's not that enjoyable for me. My favourite track is Atlas Stone, it's the most balanced one in my opinion. However, if you started listening to prog with Dream Theater for example, you will find this amusing. I personally think music is each time more technical, digital, mechanical. I see that as a problem. The standards of technicity that bands like Dream Theatre had settled in the prog scenario are affecting the "heart" of music. It seems now you either have to be super technical and complex or dance around semi-naked to "entertain" the listener (excuse me for including pop music in my point), or make songs that will remind you of the 70's but "sound modern". Seriously, 4.5 stars for this album? For my it is a 3.5 star album, the first 2 of the band being obviously better. 3 stars to level down the rating!
marcobrusa | 3/5 |


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