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Docker's Guild - The Mystic Technocracy - Season 1: The Age Of Ignorance CD (album) cover

THE MYSTIC TECHNOCRACY - SEASON 1: THE AGE OF IGNORANCE

Docker's Guild

 

Neo-Prog

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Gallifrey
4 stars Docker's Guild - "The Mystic Technocracy Season One: The Age Of Ignorance" 13/20

42nd place album of the year 2012

As a basement-dwelling neckbeard atheist, I will immediately jump to listen to albums like Docker's Guild's debut, with its imagery screaming "things I agree with". Although I have since outgrown my phase of shoving nothing down people's throats, I still can't resist an album cover with the emblems of the three major monotheistic doctrines and a title like "The Age Of Ignorance". Or more specifically "The Mystic Technocracy Season One: The Age Of Ignorance" which screams science fiction and ambition, and also epic, since the 'season one' implies there are at least two (I hope) more to come, and each will be as conceptual and epic as the third season of Lost. The name "Docker's Guild" is in fact cleverly taken from Babylon 5, referencing both science fiction, which this saga bleeds entirely, and the fact that the songwriter's name is Docker. Clever.

Not only are there the conceptual draw-ins, but this album also falls under the neo-prog subgenre, my personal favourite subgenre and my blog's namesake. The band also claim influence from AOR and electronic music, and the epic scope of this record definitely compares to AOR and stadium rock, and all neo-prog takes at least something from electronic music, being born in the 80's and all.

So, if you know me and what I like in music, then I should be about to say that this is the greatest thing ever, and I most certainly felt some of that on first listens. But this album is the opposite of a grower. You could call it a 'shrinker', but that sounds weird. Although the title track and parts of other songs still hold the same appeal, but when I come across songs like "Loving The Alien" and "Prophecy" again I can't help but reach for the skip button. They're not bad songs as such, but they just feel tired after 5 or 6 plays. This is the reason spamming albums to get an order for album of the year is bad, because I get sick of them. It's also the reason I've been putting off this review for a few days, because I really don't feel like putting on the album again to refresh.

But enough on the negative side, to be honest, this is a fine album. There are moments of great musicality, like the piano on "Norse Cosmology I", once you ignore the strange Italian spoken word, despite the rest of the album being in English. There are also great choruses, the opening chorus in the title track is great, as well as in the three-parter "The Secret of DNA/Purple Orb". Naturally, being neo-prog, there are great synth solos too, but maybe that's just me who loves them.

If you love neo-prog, sci-fi sagas, overbloated lyrics that confirm your universal beliefs and synth solos, then get this album. It's pretty solid and I'll definitely be looking for the other 4 parts of this saga. And if he keeps it up lengthwise, then we should be getting almost 7 hours of music. Sounds fun. Originally written for my facebook page/blog http://www.facebook.com/neoprogisbestprog

Gallifrey | 4/5 |

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