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3.44 | 93 ratings

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And iīm not sure if its already ended because we havenīt had a recording since 2002. Anyhow, this was the 1st album from this extraordinary Swiss band which always was compared to the big names in Neo Prog like Marillion, Pendragon, Collage or Satellite; and itīs notorious, specially in the guitar( Lele Hoffman plays very similar to Steve Rothery with other slight influences) and keyboards (mainly Mark Kelly), but they donīt sound identical, and maybe due to Aluisio Maggini which has a high pitched voice in the vein of Jon Anderson, Geddy Lee, or even Klause Maine of Scorpions! (I agree with previous reviewer Tuxon on that one).

This is a good debut album with an 80īs feeling, but it doesnīt tell you the real potencial of the band which would be shown in their future releases. Anyway, it is a pleasant musical experience, very melodic and easy to understand. The highlights of the disc are: "New Day pt.1", a nice pop ballad, very catchy, "4107" with lots of synths and guitar a la Marillion, "New Day pt.2" stronger than part 1 with good drumming and an atmospheric background, "Sandflow" a very nice short instrumental, "New Day pt.3" a spacey track similar to part 1 but totally instrumental, and the title song "Hologram" a slow song with some acoustic guitar and a great solo at the end.

If you donīt mind the very strong accent of Mr. Maggini, and if you donīt hate 80īs Neo Prog, iīm sure you will enjoy this CD and the band a lot, specially in their later efforts.

3.5 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 3/5 |


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