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3.67 | 74 ratings

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5 stars TILES are Mark Evans on Drums and Percussion, Chris Herin on Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin and keyboards, Paul Rarick on Lead & Backing Vocals and Jeff Whittle on Bass Guitar. They are all talented musicians. Paul Rarick is a powerful singer, Chris Herin a splendid guitarist, Jeff Whittle a skillful bassist and Mark Evans a competent drummer. TILES are playing tight progressive hard rock / Prog Metal in the same vein as RUSH, DREAM THEATER, QUEENSRYCHE, LEGER DE MAIN and YES. This is their second CD and it's technically amazing and complex, with mood shifts and odd tempo changes. It also got a very good and clean production. Here you can find fine tunes such as "Patterns" with its jazzy intro and YES influenced riffs, "Beneath The Surface" is a good rock song, "Cactus Valley", "Another Hand" with its marvelous instrumental passage, acoustic guitar based ballad "The Wading Pool", "Gameshow", the instrumental classically inspired "Falling Pieces" that is played on a moog synth, the symphonic "Changing The Guard", the instrumental acoustic "Gabby's Happy Song" and the 15-minute progressive masterpiece "Checkerboards" with its many time changes that is closing the album. This is a record for all fans of DREAM THEATER and RUSH, and a milestone in progressive rock. An extra + for the great cover and the 12 page CD booklet. I recommend you to buy this album right away.
Greger | 5/5 |


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