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I daresay that this album is one of the best (if not the best) debuts of the decade-and why not?-all times.This guys mix diverse influences-like Dream Theater, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd,even jazz and circus music, as can be noted in "The Point Of No Return" and "Celestial Elixir", respectively-and unite them to your own stile.The result is that semi masterpiece (I say semi because they give us the damn death growls).

Fortunately, these death growls are few and not prevent me from enjoying the first two tracks, "The point of no return" (one of the best debut of songs I've ever heard in my life) and "Streams" (which begins at a pace that pleased me recalls bands like The Flower Kings and Moonsafari but then becomes a very aggressive song.) The title song is a little below these two, but has good moments. "Eternal Rain" and "Drowning in the flood" are other good musics , while "Sun" is the "ballad of the album.

However, none of these tracks can overcome the epic finale, "Heavenly Elixir".This is perhaps the best song I've heard 2010, and one of the best I've ever heard of prog-metal (yes, that's the genre I I think the band belongs). It opens with a long and powerful instrumental replete with several sections, some funny, others dark, others clearly influenced by Dream Theater, but all good.By 3-minute the song down, giving way to a section calmer, before the vocals appears.When the chorus appears ... oh my God ... this is supernatural!Vocal themes are repeated, before the instrumental music from an unusual and funny section, but becomes dark . It all comes back to the beginning, then.

What more can I say? This album is a masterpiece.Disregard my assertion about the growls of death, because they can not belittle my 5 stars.

voliveira | 5/5 |


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