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4.04 | 674 ratings

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4 stars WOW! I think I like this album more than ever!! First of all, this is neo progressive rock, sounding a bit like MARILLION, JADIS and PENDRAGON. But the guitar is definitely more metal.

There is this omnipresent distortion-free rythmic guitar like on MARILLION's "Clutching at Straws". The rythmic guitar is quite razor and clean, and there are many good melodic solos not very fast. Clive Nolan's keyboards are varied and often floating. He often plays moog solos a la MARILLION. His patterns are EXTREMELY VARIED!! Rarely seen that before. The lead vocals are very good, catchy and melodic. John Jowitt's bass (JADIS) can be very rythmic and elaborated. Some rythmic bits are very scattered: this is Nolan's intentions: just try to reproduce those scattered drums parts! Good luck! Clive Nolan is the king to produce extremely catchy, melodic and addictive songs. (e.g. "Hanging Tree, "In the Blink of an Eye", "The Visitor", etc..) The floating "Serenity" (eternal guitars notes + keyboards) is even FLOYD-esque (like on "The Division Bell" album).

Definitely recommended.

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