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5 stars Now that was a surprise! After only two live albums after 1997, this one was beyond expectation (same story with Omnia Opera by the way).

The band is back with the same line-up (never changed really) with their third album, which consists of 5 tracks in 57 minutes of superb progressive rock. From the beginning till the end the album stands on the same level as "Unfolded Like Staircase" (a masterpiece in my opinion). There is nothing to show that a day has passed since 1997. Parmenter sings and plays better than ever. His vocal lines are terrific, with the semi-narrtive parts, reminiscent of Hammill, and an occult element enhanced by the band's flowing melodies and Bouda's fantastic solos.

"Circuitry" is the pefect introduction to the album with its building melodies. It seems as an intro to "When The Walls Are Down", a prog rock epic, a piece of greatness written on the voice of Parmenter and his dramatic, poetic performance. "Dead City" is the album's simplest song, with an amazing solo by Bouda (fantastic Latimer element here) and groovy rhytm section. "When She Dreams She Dreams in Color" is the slowest song on the album. Parmenter presents one of the best VDGG influenced pieces of music. His sentimental and melodic voice reminds what only Mr. Hammill is capable of: a mix of sweetness, introversion and despair."Rogue", a 24 minute track, is a solid piece of art, which sounds as the natural step after "Unfolded Like Staircase".

The main influences in the album (among many other british prog rock bands) are: Yes (especially some of Parmenter's lines remind of Anderson), Genesis (mainly the keys and the compositional elements) and most of all (as already said) VDGG. It is really amazing that these guys are Americans.

A masterpiece, recommended to all fans of progressive music.

DeKay | 5/5 |


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