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4 stars Welcome to another Bedlam Fayre...

"Please come in and enjoy the show:

The curtains are open. The show has started. The same team that has successfully performed the acts "Immortal?" in 2000 and "Contagion'' in 2002 is back on stage three years later with a yet ambitious play: "Pepper's Ghost''.

In our Bedlam Fayre you might realise our preference for heavier (even prog metal) patterns that colour this gathering in which you are all invited. Melodic solos and warm theatrical vocals will accompany you throughout your stay. However, in the end you will discover that "you are only human, just a mortal to me...". Smoke and Mirrors will stand in your way with mellow electric guitars and mid tempos until you appreciate our efforts for this epic, lyrical composition which has intentionally paved the way for The Shattered Room. There you will be introduced to nostalgic sounds of bells that will take you back to your childhood. "Here in this darkest house'' you will evaluate the presence of a mini-epic that varies in emotions and speed between vocal lines with solid melodic keyboard passages. The extremely melodic guitar solos in the exit of the room will remain unforgettable to you...

It is uncertain that you will find the same quality in composition through The Eyes of Lara Moon, the slowest part of our play, however acoustic guitars and resemblances to Queensryche and Threshold will make your journey at least pleasant. Via majestic pianos and multiple voices you will be thrown in the halls of Tantalus, deeper in our mid-tempo theatrical approach that we intended to take you through at the first place. Our vocal performance will perfect at this point and our strongest melodies will appear in these 7 minutes. The path you need to follow then is Purgatory Road, the place to expiate your sins, through heavy prog and speedy prog metal riffs. This will virtually be a continuation to your journey from the previous act where the epic elements and the strong lyrical vocals dominate. If you are "here to stay", our last act, the epic Opera Fanatica will reward you with a 13 minute summary of prog metal, neo-progressive passages, classical and medieval music references.

To sum up the highlights of our play, the warm theatrical vocals and heavy neo-prog riffs have been rightfully established as the trademarks of our sound and will continue to do so. We are aware that you might not find the exact quality as in our highly-acclaimed trilogy (Visitor-Immortal?-Contagion) but we still believe this show will be an excellent addition to your lifetime experiences.

So "till the Martians land on London town...", farewell!!!"

aapatsos | 4/5 |


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