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THE GATES OF NEVER

Apple Pie

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3.65 | 38 ratings | 3 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Gates of Never (9:33)
2. Letters of a Deadman - Part I - Demons' Waltz (Instrumental) (4:13)
3. Letters of a Deadman - Part II - Don't Look Back (10:03)
4. Letters of a Deadman - Part III - Memories (4:12)
5. Letters of a Deadman - Part IV - Question (5:15)
6. No Reason for This War (6:33)
7. Strange Feeling Called Love (15:25)

Total time 45:14

All music written by Vartan Mkhitaryan

Line-up / Musicians

- Vartan Mkhitaryan / vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion
- Maxim Zhdanov / bass, background vocals, growling
- Andrey Golodukhin / drums

Special guests:
- Derek Sherinian / keyboards
- Ric Fierabracci / bass solo on "Don't Look Back"
- Peter Sychev / background vocals
- Artavazd Avetyan / background vocals

Releases information

Digital download (2013)
CD (2013)

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APPLE PIE The Gates of Never ratings distribution


3.65
(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
45%
Good, but non-essential (18%)
18%
Collectors/fans only (16%)
16%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

APPLE PIE The Gates of Never reviews


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Review by Tarcisio Moura
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Well, this is what I call evolution!! A few years ago I found out about this then quartet from Kursk strangely called Apple Pie. I liked their debut Crossroads very much, although with a few reservations, which was not a bad thing, since it was only their first efford and showed much promise. Now, six years after that comes their sophmore release, called The Gates of Never. Keyboardist Oleg Sergeev is out now, so they enlisted no one else but ex Dream Theater keysman, Derek Sherinian, to join in as a guest. Again I was impressed by the overall musicanship of the players, capable of using their great technique for the music. This is really a great team work.

Although billed as neo prog, there is nothing of the genre in here. In fact, the band now sounds more symphonic rock than ever, with a few nods to prog metal here and there. The album´s self titled opener is a real surprise with its heavy riffing and even more heavier vocals (including a few brief growls, believe it or not). This is the most Dream Theater influenced track of the whole disc and shows the band could handle this style easily. However, from the epic suite Letter Of A Dead Man (divided in four individual tracks) on the sound definitly takes a Spock´s Beard twist (around the time of their V CD) and some of Neal Morse´s latter, more symphonic works, including Transatlantic. Even Vartan Mkhitaryan´s voice reminds me of Morse´s. By the way, the guy did a great job and his vocal delivering is so good you can hardly believe he is also playing such a mean guitar. Add some jazz, classic Yes and even blues parts on some tracks and you have a good idea of what this new album is all about.

The results could be desastrous in less capable hands, but I found that The Gates Of Never does live up to the expectations. The songs are absolute winners, the arrangements tasteful and the perfomances of all involved are impeccable. Honestly, rarely I´ve seen lately such symphonic music flowing so evenly, from beginning to end, with every note falling so naturally at the right place. If they are yet not exactly too original in terms of style, they have the talent to at least do that with power, conviction and guts. Even the last track, with the corny title of Strange Thing Called Love, and its opening salvos of deceptively AOR synthesizers is really a terrific song that becomes a great melodic symphonic epic during its glorious 15 minute running time.

The production is top notch. Both the instrumental and vocal parts are simply perfect and there are no weak parts to be found on the whole album.

I`ve been listening to this CD for the last few days almost non stop and I can assure everybody that this is one of the best symphonic prog records I´ve heard in years: complex, yet melodic, full of virtuosity and yet accessible. With the Gates Of never the band reaches new heights and more than fulfills the initial promise. Congratulations for the fantastic upgrade in terms of songwriting and vocal department!

Final rating: 4,5 stars (not so final, since probably I´ll uprate this one to five in a few more spins). Remember the time when virtuoso progressive rock also meant great songs, emotion and melodies? Well, they are back! Highly recommended!!

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars On Apple Pie's second album, The Gates of Never, the Spock's Beard-meets-Salem Hill approach taken on their debut (Crossroads) is swapped out in favour of a prog metal approach that really cranks up the Dream Theater influence on the band to 11 - so it's no surprise to find Derek Sherinian guesting on keyboards. The material here consists of competent and enjoyable prog metal with the occasional twist - the various parts of Letters of a Deadman being the most varied part of the album - and the band will probably pick up a few fans with this one. That said, the shift in their sound may alienate some listeners who fell in love with Crossroads, and the band still don't seem to have carved out a distinct identity for themselves.

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4 stars It's always delightful to find new bands that turn out to be a real splendor of good progginess. Apple Pie is the latest find for me, and perhaps even the "find of the year" so to speak. They emerge from what seems to be a third generation of prog rockers, with more clear references to acts like ... (read more)

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