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Sylvan

 

Neo-Prog

3.57 | 131 ratings

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3 stars In 2004 Sylvan return with their fourth studio release, ''X-Rayed'', released again on the Point label.This was some sort of a semi-concept album, not actually a story unfolding with each track, but rather a collection of songs with a central theme, refering to the inner world of different human beings, as these are revealed via ''x-rays''.

Different individuals means sound and mood changes throughout the darker of all Sylvan releases thus far, the atmospheric depth of the album seems like it demanded a turn towards of more PINK FLOYD-ian musical background with more downtempo songs and occasional bombastic moments popping up throughout the album, but all these echoes have passed through the Sylvan prisma, modern production, addition of contemporary elements like sound effects, distortions and slight electronic touches and a a rougher edge in the guitar riffs.The basis of the music still remains an artistic Neo Prog, now showered by the sporadic metallic edges, and they even seem to flirt with the PORCUPINE TREE stylings of Heavy Prog, Ambient and raw Rock blends.But then again you will find this unmistakable, cathartic electric solos akin to standard Neo Prog, while the keyboards' role remains somewhere between providing orchestral vibes and delivering either angular or melodic echoes depending on the piece.Gluehmann definitely belongs among the best singers of the genre, this display of changing moods was the best test for him to come up as a real standout among prog vocalists.

Again a Sylvan album, which can only be compared to the works of Satellite.While not belonging among the ultimate classics of the genre, it manages to keep a surprising consistency throughout, while passing through a wide range of feelings and moods.Strongly recommended, this is very fine modern Neo Prog, that doesn't say goodbye to Prog Rock's roots...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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