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HIGHER DIMENSIONS

Active Heed

 

Crossover Prog

3.73 | 27 ratings

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Edgar Sosa
5 stars The new production of Active Heed, "Higher Dimensions", tells us a series of science-fiction episodes starting with "The War of Tempos", a song with powerful metal-

like introduction and dynamic tempo changes... "Far Escape" takes us through a wormhole to another galaxy taken by the hand Roversi's mellotron and Roveda's drums.

Gaps in Time and "Kick-Ass Grammar" (a couple of my favorite songs from this album) are catchy tunes that will make your feet follow the rhythm and will surely put a

smile on your face. In "No Speed Limit" we can find again the metal-like introduction that then developes in a more gentler melodic song. "Crop Squares" and "A Pet

Called Prime" offer remarkable keyboard moments. "Not Left and Not Taken" is the last track (and longest, being around 10 min) of the album and is a perfect prog piece. Besides Umberto Pagnini himself, which is the ideator and only music/song writer of Active Heed, the only one to repeat on this album is PelleK. The other musicians in

this production are Gian Maria Roveda (great contribution to the album with his dynamic drums) Mirco Ravenoldi (his guitars often remind me of the best Hackett) and

Cristiano Roversi (with his huge experience in prog rock bands - excellent!) who played the bass, keyboards, produced and co-wrote the last song of the album: "Not

Left and Not Taken". All through "Higher Dimensions" you can notice the influence of classic prog-rock bands: Genesis, Yes, and Rush mainly... and of some neo-prog bands, such as Arena or

Jadis. And there are also some nice touches of modern prog metal. "Higher Dimensions" is a simply extraordinary album. A special mention for Antonio Seija's artwork.

Sincerely and highly recommended - and exhilarating experience!

Edgar Sosa | 5/5 |

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