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BETWEEN SUNLIGHT AND SHADOW

Singularity

 

Crossover Prog

3.82 | 28 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars With SINGULARITY just releasing a new album I thought it was about time I reviewed their second album "Between Sunlight And Shadow".Their first record "Color Of Space" sounded a lot like RUSH mainly because of their bass player / vocalist who sounded a little too much like Geddy. Give these guys credit though as they have changed their sound completely. They are down to a trio now as the former vocalist / bass player is no longer playing with them, but he did have a hand in writing the lyrics which is cool. This is actually quite an ambitious effort as it is really one long piece divided into 15 parts. Easy Livin took the words right out of my mouth when he compared the sound of this album to TIMOTHY PURE's "Island Of Misfit Toys", one of my personal favs.

"Drive" opens with the sounds of cars going by as piano and reserved vocals come in. I have to say I really like the lyrics they came up with for this album. A change 3 minutes in as bass, synths and drums become more energetic. It ends as it began. Great start. "Invictus" opens with intricate acoustic guitar and higher pitched vocals.The drums and bass really bring to mind OPETH's "Damnation" album. I'm smiling big time right now. Melancholic but beautiful. "Stratum" continues the melancholic theme as the vocals are almost spoken. Very atmospheric and at first haunting. A full sound with some great sounding synths 2 minutes in. This blends into "Endless". The guitar is great here. The vocals are methodical. Eerie synths as the dark vibe continues. The synths become more upbeat 2 minutes in as the song blends into "Fight". This is a synth / drum led tune. It's more uptempo. Great section.

"Inferno" along with "Invictus" are my two favourite sections. It opens with haunting synths. Percussion rises out of this atmosphere and builds. Heavy guitar and drums join in. Vocals arrive 2 minutes in. This reminds me of "APSOG" by FATES WARNING. This is amazing ! Thankfully this is the longest track at 6 minutes. We get a piano interlude before the heaviness returns. "In Passing" opens with piano. The multi-vocal parts sounds impressive. This is just so moving at times, I can't explain why. The guitar and drums are excellent. "All Comes Down" is less then a minute of vocals and harmonies that blend into "Ground Zero". This is a heavy piece. The guitar grinds away as the drums and organ add to the listening pleasure. Haha. Vocals are well done. "Still" is a minute of gently played acoustic guitar. "Hold A Candle" continues the mellow mood with reserved vocals and piano. Synths to end it. "Traces" is orchestral sounding after a brief NOEKK-like intro. "Meta Morphosis" opens with energetic synths before we get a RUSH-like passage. More uptempo synths before piano and some brief vocals end it. "Coming Undone" is a good section with some aggressive guitar that blends into "Infractus". The song quickly settles down as piano, synths and drums lead the rest of the way. A beautiful way to end this musical journey.

If your into any of the albums i've mentioned in this review, then i'm sure you will really like this outstanding release. I have their new one already on order, just in time for Christmas.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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