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3.57 | 33 ratings | 5 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Hammer's Strike (17:31)
2. Altered State (4:43)
- Mists of Darkness (20:09) :
3. The Mist (1:08)
4. Washed Away (10:21)
5. Silent Suffering (8:40)
6. Thread the Needle (4:34)
- Exit Wounds (32:26) :
7. Farewell (4:03)
8. The Soldier (4:35)
9. The Unbeliever (6:45)
10. Daddy's Little Girl (3:09)
11. The Believer (5:07)
12. Widowed (5:24)
13. The Soldier Alive (3:23)

Total Time 79:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Brick Williams / electric, acoustic & nylon-string guitars
- John Dunston / drums & percussion
- Cody Walker / vocals
- Eric Robertson / keyboards
- Clark Woolstenhulme / bass

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HOURGLASS Subconcious ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars.This is a Prog-Metal album that's been getting lots of airplay in my house of late. This is a blast but at almost 80 minutes it's too long and the final 30 minutes are especially difficult because the focus seems to be on the lyrics.

The opening song "The Hammer's Strike" is over 17 minutes long. It opens with a beautiful gentle guitar melody that is joined by some light drums as the sound increases. At 1 1/2 minutes in there is this monsterous riff as well as a grinding guitar melody at which point i'm saying "Incredible !" with a big smile on my face. The grinding guitar melody would fit perfectly on FATES WARNING's "Awaken The Guardian" album, it's that good ! Eventually the melody is joined by some great background synths and everything sounds so crisp and clear. Now the melody is galloping along and vocals join in, all this takes 4 minutes.The piano is a nice touch after 11 minutes. This first song is the absolute highlight of the record. Yup it's all downhill from here (haha). "Altered State" is a mid-paced tune with crisp drums, vocals, guitar, piano and background synths. The song does get heavier. "Mists Of Darkness" is a short intro to "Washed Away" featuring waves of synths only. The vocals in "Washed Away" remind me strangely of Ian Anderson until the vocals get intense 3 minutes in. The instrumental section is really good when the vocals get aggressive. Check out the awesome guitar 8 minutes in !

The vocals really shine in "Silent Suffering", there is a beautiful long guitar solo and later there is an emotional melody, as well as passionate vocals with scorching guitar. "Thread The Needle" features another grinding guitar melody to open with heavy riffs on this dark song. "Farewell" is a lighter, catchy, upbeat tune reminding me of some of ENCHANT's songs. "The Soldier" is a mellow song that gets angry. The next four songs look at the supposed death of the soldier from four different perspectives. These four and the final tune are where I feel the record loses it musically. If your into concept albums you may not feel as I do, but I think for the sake of the story the band has lost the amazing guitars and heaviness of the early part of the album. "The Unbeliever" is the exception, with the complex drumming and great guitar work, that all add to this dark, heavy song.

Overall this is highly recommended if your a Prog-Metal fan but I can't pull the trigger on 4 stars because of the length and the final 30 plus minutes which drag for me.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 for sure

Hourglass third studio album from 2004 named Subconcious is another worthy in any way progressive metal album. I was quite pleasent surprised about their previous release, this one is no diffrent. Progressive metal very well played, even the originality lacks, but is not a bad thing after all, they manage to come with a good album from start to finish. The album is very lenghy over 79 min of music , divided in 2 big sections Mists of Darkness and Exit Wounds , both sections devided again in small pieces clocking as a whole around almost one hour + 2 pieces from their own, title track and Altered State. So, progressive metal well performed, where the skills of the musicians are very prodominant, specialy on opening track almost 18 min of solid and quite well composed track, from gentle guitar parts to bursting moments, arrangements are top notch here, the guitar and drum passages are worth for sure to be heared by any prog metal listner, excellent parts. All album is technical, but never being to technical to become boring, is very well melted with more gentle, mellow parts to give a realy great result. The voice is pleasent and fits very well into this kind of music. Forte tracks are The Hammer's Strike , The unbeliver, very strong musicianship very similar with Dream Theater btw. So, 3 stars for this album, rounded to 3.5 , good towards great, prog metal listners will find this album a great discovery for sure.

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4 stars Hourglass is an American prog metal band hailing form of all places Utah, the land of Mormons and tabernacles. But Utah is also home to a man named Brick Williams, a hugely talented guitarist and songwriter, who has been on a musical journey that has been quite a roller coaster ride. Brick is t ... (read more)

Report this review (#187418) | Posted by johnobvious | Thursday, October 30, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The cool thing about the ProgArchives comes when you are introduced to a new band you otherwise would never have known existed. Such is the case with Hourglass. I'm a prog fan that enjoys longer songs because if feel it gives good bands a chance to stretch out their musical ideas better. Le ... (read more)

Report this review (#76806) | Posted by adigitaldan | Monday, May 1, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Excellent prog rock with very melodic tendencies. Sticks close to the melodic prog metal blueprint, just with less emphasis on the metal. More like Dream Theater/Vanden Plas lite. The only gripe I have is the production is a bit too tinny for my taste. Thicken it up and you would have THE prog ... (read more)

Report this review (#32016) | Posted by | Saturday, October 23, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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