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3.48 | 25 ratings

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3 stars A young and intresting band from Germany little know so far named .P.A.W.N formed around 2002 from ashes of a ghotic metal band Querimonia. The band manageing to release their debut this year 2014 named The gift of awarness. Well, I like what I've heared here, really, specially the instrumental section are quite great, well done and the sound is crystal clear. After tragical death of guitarist Daniel Müller-Ramien in 2104 , the band remaing as a duo with a help from female vocalist Lisa-Marie Rothe here and there. The album is lenghty, the pieces are lomg, elaborated, I like very much the guitar sound , has that prog metal feel to it, but in the end P.A.W.N is not an entirely prog metal band. There are some crossover prog elements thrown in, some eclectic moments aswell, all in all good stuff. Is like is combining Dream Theater with Ayreon with Pain of Salvation, etc. I must confess I like more this album then anything Pain of Salvation released after Be album ten years ago. The gift of awareness worth only for the title track, is 26 min a tour de force for the band where are incorporated all the great elements this band has in this moment. The guitar sound and manner of playing is truly inspired, the drums aswell, all is great and well made. Another worthy track is the opening Sailors of the Sky, the best apart of Lisa Marie Rothe, nice vocal passages. If the lowest thing here on this release are the vocal arrangements, are far from great , but not really bad, only uninspired and usualy made. The instrumental passages are awesome and great. All in all a nice album and for that reason 3 stares, a good one, maybe rounded to 3.5 here and there.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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