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4.21 | 1155 ratings

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3 stars Honestly I really can't follow that much the hype going on about this album expecially in the prog scene. In my view it's only a quite good record, but masterly only with regard to the perfect blend of elements reminiscent of multiple bands.

The Same River, the best song without any doubts sounds almost like a rip-off of GREEN CARNATION mixed with some floydian guitar. Out Of Myself reminds very much to an alternative hard rock band called FILTER, not very much prog-ish in my view. As one co-reviewer mentioned already, one has the impression, that one had heard every song already before. Yes indeed, I fully agree, because there is really nothing new on here, but why is that a reason to rate this album with 4 or 5 stars? Next song I believe is as well a standard quiet and dark one done in similar way by numerous bands, mainly in the Alternative Rock genre. The instrumental track Reality Dream is the second good one with very good guitar lines and rhythm, a bit reminiscent of ANATHEMA, but actually not very intricate and versatile as well. Loose Heart reminds as well to that band, Mariusz Duda's vocs even reinforce this impression. A nice song, although not very original. The second part of "Reality Dream" is as good as part one and in some way a little bit reminiscent of DREAM THEATER. In Two Minds could again be a song on an album by ANATHEMA or maybe PORCUPINE TREE, quite nice but not very exciting. The Curtain Falls has some nice gilmour-ish guitar lines mixed with some riffing typical for GREEN CARNATION later on. Nice to listen and the third highlight of the album. OK is a slow and atmospheric song, quite nice but nothing special in fact.

As a SUMMARY I'd like to say that OUT OF MYSELF is a quite good album having three highlights with "The Same River", "Reality Dream Pt. 1 +2" and "In Two Minds" all of them being rather reminiscent of one or several of the mentioned bands and therefore I would call it more a derivative than a real innovative one. Although I like to listen sometimes such bands, especially if I need some good, but not too difficult music to run in the back, it is not my top favorite one. It's a perfect blend of multiple influences and I really appreciate the effort of the musicians. Well done,guys! Nevertheless in my view this albums seams to be overrated on here, IMHO an average rating of 3.5 would be adequate, since the lack of innovation is really quite obvious. So I'm giving three stars, which means GOOD!

hdfisch | 3/5 |


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