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Founded in London, UK in 2003 - Disbanded in 2011

PURE REASON REVOLUTION is a British Rock group formed at Westminster University in 2003. Trying to fit PRR into a specific genre would be a difficult task, which is one of their attractive qualities. Space rock mingled with some modern-day rock, vocal harmonies and popish tunes together with heavy guitar riffs, catchy musical lines with more complex song structure. All of these exist in their music. As their official website states: "Their music incorporates elements of progressive rock and grunge rock, while its vocal harmonies are reminiscent of The Beach Boys. They have been variously described as 'Astral Folk' and 'New Prog'. Members have a shared appreciation for the work of bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and the Super Furry Animals.

The roots of the band stretch back over a decade to when Reading based friends Chloe Alper (23) and John Courtney (25) paths crossed while playing in a succession of teeneage bands. They were children of the grunge generation. At university Jon met Greg Jong (vocals and guitar) who was later replaced by Jamie Wilcox and keyboard player Jim Dobson. Together with Chloe and Jon's brother Andrew on drums, Pure Reason Revolution was born.

In April 2004 Poptones released their debut single "Apprentice of the Universe" through Alan McGee's Poptones label. A year later came "The Bright Ambassadors of Morning", a more than 12 minutes epic, which received rave reviews. It was followed by "Cautionary Tales for the Brave", a 30 minutes mini album, released in October 2005 on the band's own Holograph imprint, via Sony/BMG. April 2006 sees the release of their full length album "The Dark Third", through New York based Nu-Haven Music, Via Columbia. It was produced by Paul Northfield (Rush, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Hole). According to Jon "it is a concept album that investigates the supposedly sharp boundary between dreaming & wakefulness.

==Assaf Vestin (avestin)==

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com : PRR incorporates elements from several fields creating sophisticated soundscapes and progressive music.

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3.75 | 272 ratings
The Dark Third
2006
2.97 | 133 ratings
Amor Vincit Omnia
2009
2.90 | 80 ratings
Hammer And Anvil
2010
4.16 | 135 ratings
Eupnea
2020

PURE REASON REVOLUTION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.92 | 17 ratings
Live At NEARfest 2007
2008

PURE REASON REVOLUTION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 3 ratings
Live At Scala 09.12.10
2011

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PURE REASON REVOLUTION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.73 | 5 ratings
Apprentice Of The Universe
2004
1.82 | 9 ratings
The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning
2005
2.57 | 9 ratings
The Intention Craft
2005
4.12 | 37 ratings
Cautionary Tales For The Brave
2005
4.00 | 6 ratings
In Aurélia
2005
3.50 | 2 ratings
In The Realm Of Divine
2006
2.71 | 11 ratings
Victorious Cupid
2007
2.25 | 9 ratings
Valour EP
2011

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 Eupnea by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.16 | 135 ratings

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Eupnea
Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by alainPP

5 stars PURE REASON REVOLUTION: Here is the sixth album (4 long-lasting albums + 2 EP) by the British-German group PURE REASON REVOLUTION. A return after almost 10 years of silence which is more than welcome! It's full of nods to their past as a group but also as individuals with their respective projects.

The album begins with the track "New Obsession": with an intro made of media sounds on a musical background of keyboards, we embark on a heavy, almost military rhythm. Then we hear the nasal and familiar voice of Jon COURTNEY who calls out to us with his little 'I-don't care' side that comes out. The more crystalline voice of Chloë ALPER comes to reduce the dark effect of the voice of her colleague, a bit like in the group EVANESCENCE. The style is just a bit like the band mentioned above but with the PRR signature. The ensemble of "Silent Genesis" tends more towards the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT of the first albums crossed with PROFESSOR TIP TOP: keyboards, guitar and vocals on a slow but catchy rhythm and more percussive ends. Mr. COURTNEY's song looks a bit like Xavier PHIDEAUX's on this piece and Ms. ALPER's voice still strikes the perfect balance. It hits us the way we like (anyway, how I like it!) For 1 to 3 minutes from the end and they do the same thing again for the last minute! The ten minutes and a few seconds skyrocket. The music and the style of "Maelstrom" goes towards an accessible Rock resembling the groups WHITE WILLOW or a bit THE REASONING; short and efficient.

The surprising "Ghosts & Typhoons" is dark and mysterious with a style resembling PHIDEAUX crossed with PINK FLOYD and ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, seasoned with LEPROUS! It goes from ethereal to Grunge through Pop-Prog and Symphonic. In short, it's good !!! Then "Beyond Our Bodies", like "Maelstrom", is a short piece which is very similar to the style of the group WHITE WILLOW but with PRR sauce. The title track "Eupnea" is the main piece of the album. A 2-minute FLOYDien debut then takes us to the two accomplices singing in unison on a guitar background which is reminiscent of FLEETWOOD MAC (Breaking The Chain). They then increase the pace for 20 seconds before ... nothing! It falls back to a softer, almost ethereal style for about two minutes. We then have the right to an amalgam of styles: sometimes Rock, sometimes Grunge, sometimes more Symphonic Rock and sometimes Psychedelic, almost Space Rock. It closes the album with force.

It's a comeback with splendor for PURE REASON REVOLUTION! Those who were bored of the group will have their ears full! Those who don't know them ... what are you waiting for? Discover and enjoy!

 Eupnea by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.16 | 135 ratings

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Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars Pure Reason Revolution is one of those bands that started off strongly with their album 'The Dark Third' in 2006, an album that would instantly get a lot of respect in prog circles, especially among Pink Floyd fans. Their music mixed those lush PF sounds with their own unique male/female layered vocals, at times becoming very exploratory and giving a space rock mentality. Everyone was interested in where this band would go. Unfortunately, they moved to a more radio-friendly sound, and the follow up albums 'Amor Vincit Omnia' and 'Hammer and Anvil' did not stand up to the expectations set by that debut album. After ten years of becoming basically a memory, everyone had given up on them and had to settle on their one excellent album. Suddenly, the announcement was made that their new album 'Eupnea' would be released in 2020 and that it would be a return to form. Yeah, we've all heard that one before. But I have to admit that I was curious anyway.

So, I heard the new album once, and thought it sounded really great. But I had to be sure. So I listened more, and things just kept getting better the more I would listen. Not only has the band had a 'return to form', but they have also 'progressed' their sound to include a wider palette of styles making themselves more 'eclectic' in a way, effectively infusing other progressive styles into their music. Jon and Chloe have returned, and in a big way.

'New Obsession' sounds a few steps more promising than what we have been hearing from the band in their last few albums. There is a level of the poppiness there, but there is a definite return to form, at least somewhat. However, with 'Silent Genesis', the band not only returns to full-form with an amazing 10 minute track, but even steps ever so confidently into both progressive metal and jazz fusion territories as the track continues. The music as a result sounds so much more mature with a track that is even better than anything on their masterpiece album 'The Dark Third'. What an impressive track, and now we hear that the compositional genius of the band has only been laying dormant for several years, only to be awakened with a vengeance on this track.

'Maelstrom' then takes on a nice, slick and lush sound with Chloe taking the lead vocals alone this time before eventually sharing them with Jon later on. Now, we've got a track that sits quite comfortably among a more artistic pop sound, one that merits a spot alongside some of the better tracks of Alan Parsons Project, but with the unique PRR harmonies. But, it picks up some steam by the last third of the track with a great balance of vocals/guitars/keyboards. Very nice. 'Ghosts and Typhoons' goes back to a longer form track and begins with a sound more reminiscent of the songs on 'The Dark Third', that sound that so effectively brings in the Pink Floyd-ian styles that were explored so well on that album while retaining their unique vocal styling. But, you are not left to just float along for 8 minutes, like you might have been on that previous album. This time, the music becomes heavier and more intense, using dynamics to their advantage to create more depth. Then, to make it even more interesting, you get splashes of some great symphonic styles which later give way to layers of heaviness as it all re-develops to end in a powerful way.

The rest of the album continues to impress and amaze, especially with the 13 minute title track. When you listen to this, you will know that it is still the same band that created 'The Dark Third', but have even improved beyond that, which is what you would expect from any top-rate progressive band. I definitely had my doubts that PRR could ever come close to their debut album, but not only have they come close to it, they have surpassed it. Now they have done something that I had never expected them to do, create an album that could easily contend for the best album of the year. It is so good to have them back, better than ever!

 Eupnea by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.16 | 135 ratings

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Review by steelyhead

4 stars It is wonderful when You discover a new group here in this website. I have been around reading the reviews and posting my own for more than 10 years and sometimes I hit the "random" link on top and not all the time I found things I like but now, oh boy! I am in love with this album. It is kinda proggy, some pop in it, some grunge, but all in all a good, solid album with 2 songs clocking upside the 10 minutes mark. The voices, mixing female and male none of them is perfect, just soothing and brooding with the music wich kinda flows. I like this album and I know You need to hear it too.
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4.16 | 135 ratings

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Review by Nomzamo

5 stars I was waiting this record for a long time because i love Pure Reason Revolution but i was not sure how good this new work could have been.Well, this is the best piece of music of 2020 (and,may be 2021?), hands down!Powerful and delicate at the same time,so much in the vein of The Dark Third than the oterhs,This is the prog rock that i love at my age! No more a succession of rhythm changes in the music but a simple alternance of melody and powerful inside the same song in a very emotional manner!The succession of male and female voice by Jon and Chloe is simply wonderful and both the recording and the production seem to be pretty good. So,a great return for this great and underrated band. Easily five stars.Chapeu!
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4.16 | 135 ratings

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Review by Tasartir

4 stars They're back and they're better than they have been since their debut!

The first time I ever heard about Pure Reason Revolution was when I saw them open for Porcupine Tree in Barcelona. You could say that it was love at first sight: the Floydian ambience, the pop hooks and the killer riffs made me look them up and buy their first album, The Dark Third, as soon as I got home. Although I liked their second album, I wasn't into their third at all.

I was so excited to hear they were coming back and had decided to go back to their roots and produce an album that was more in line with their debut. Let me tell you, Eupnea did not disappoint me in the least.

Eupnea has everything I like about PRR and the band has progressed in the right direction. The Floydian atmospheres are back, the riffs and breakdowns are back, the vocal melodies are back, the beats are back (these never went away, but they're more balanced with the prog on show here), but they've also added a level of maturity to each track that isn't apparent in their previous releases.

Eupnea has long tracks with careful texturing and intricate structures, and it also has shorter tracks that go by in a jiffy. Perhaps knowing their fanbase, the band released on of the longest tracks on the album first, letting their fans know they were going back to their roots but pushing their sound too. It's also, at 47 minutes, a shorter album, which is great for those of us that prefer bite-sized chunks.

This album is not a masterpiece, that's why I'm not giving it 5 stars. However, it's a great album and I can't wait to hear what PRR gets up to next. If you liked The Dark Third or Amor Vincit Omnia, you'll feel right at home with this album. If you like Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Tool, Anathema or Gazpacho, definitely give PRR a chance.

 Eupnea by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.16 | 135 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This was a totally unexpected pleasure! Since the band's last studio album, Hammer and Anvil, was released in 2010, I had thought they were kaput.

Other reviewers comment on the "return to the form of their debut (The Dark Third)" while some have noted what I feel is a more accurate description of Eupnea being a kind of perfect mélange of all three of their previous albums. The atmospheric spaciousness of TDT is definitely present in spades?as as re the wonderful multiple layered vocals of Chloë and Rob--but the heavy chord play and darkness of Amor Vincit Omnia and Hammer and Anvil are also quite present. Where this album shows its weakness, I'm sorry to say, is in the lyrical content. WTF are they talking about? These lyrics are too banal, too personal, and not poetic enough to stand alone without interpretation. And then, with Jon's nicely laid out song-by-song run through (on louder sound website) it brings more clarity and significance to each song's lyrics but it shouldn't have to be this way. I'm looking for transparency with the sensuality of Baudelaire, not hidden meaning within a sub-functional vocabulary. It's very disappointing to me when so much effort is spent on creating such beautiful, meticulously charted vocals when the messages being conveyed are naught but nugatory persiflage.

Still, many people are remarking on the band's newfound "confidence" and maturity and I will second this: the way the music is spread out and in no hurry to start, develop, or finish indicates to me a band that is very confident in what it is doing?enjoying every note and every nuance of each song's journey. And it pays off as this spaciousness allows for the listeners to have some really meaty material to sink into?and sink deeply!

Music: 8.75/10; sound/production: 9/10; lyrics: 7/10. Unfortunately, this is not an instrumental album.

Five star songs: 2. "Silent Genesis" (10:20) (18.25/20); 4. "Ghosts & Typhoons" (8:45) with its amazing second half (18/20), and; 6. "Eupnea" (13:23) (26.5/30).

Four star songs: 1. "New Obsession" (5:07) (8.67/10); 3. "Maelstrom" (5:44) (8.33/10); 5. "Beyond Our Bodies" (4:28) (8.5/10)

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. It's so great to have Pure Reason back! And I'm happy for the positive outcome of Jon's daughter's premature birth.

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4.16 | 135 ratings

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Review by Deadwing

5 stars EUPNEA is Pure Reason Revolution returning back to its roots. After a 10 years break, Chloe Alper and John Courtney new effort brings back the band to its trademark elements: Space Rock with great use of vocal harmonies, catchy choruses, grunge beats and heavy guitars. Fans of "The Dark Third" will be very pleased with EUPNEA , where most of the electronic elements from the later albums are gone and the songwriting couldn't be more proggy.

This is not, however, just a rehash from their first release. Eupnea is PRR at its best, their sound is a lot more mature, the songwriting is tighter and the instrumentation is much more refined. There's a bigger presence of keyboards and guitar solos and complex passages, especially compared with their previous efforts.

"The Silent Genesis" and "Eupnea" are two must listen tracks and PRR instant classics, with their uneven structure that will require multiple listens. "New Obsessions" is a strong opener that mix well Floydian atmosphere, industrial elements and a weird little guitar solo at the end. "Maelstorm" and "Beyond our Bodies" explores the beautiful side of the band, using really beautiful vocal harmonies.

Definitely their most solid, proggy and mature record. A must listen for modern prog fans that also enjoys bands like PINK FLOYD, PORCUPINE TREE, IQ, RIVERSIDE, HAKEN, etc.

9.5/10.

 Cautionary Tales For The Brave by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
4.12 | 37 ratings

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Cautionary Tales For The Brave
Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Cautionary Tales for the Brave was an important Pure Reason Revolution's EP prior to the release of their incredible The Dark Third!

And here, except for the exceptional In Aurelia, all the material was included in the first band's record. Nevertheless, the hearing of this mini-album is interesting even if you have heard The Dark Third, because the versions of the songs included here are preliminary ones and they differ enough of the definitive ones to be an enriching experience.

The production is also a bit rougher achieving not the great levels of Paul Northlfield's work for the first full length of the band, but good and enchanting enough, specially the marvelous double vocal melodies which this band's trademark.

Best Tracks: all songs are fantastic, being In Aurelia and Ambassadors true modern prog-rock classics!

Conclusion: Cautionary Tales for The Brave, just like Chloe Alper once said, was a king of warm-up for The Dark Third. And what a wonderful one! The best modern psychedelic and heavy prog compositions that you can imagine are included here, and even if you have heard the Pure Reason Revolution's great first album, you'll surely find this EP interesting enough to resist tons of plays.

My rating: ****

 Hammer And Anvil by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.90 | 80 ratings

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Hammer And Anvil
Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

1 stars Hammer and Anvil was a strong and irreversible step to self-destruction for Pure Reason Revolution!

I don't know if the co-writer and co-producer of the album Tom Bellamy can be blamed for this abomination, but after the magnificent The Dark Third and the utterly disappointing Amor Vincit Omnia, this Hammer and Anvil was a travel further into the great nothing for the British band.

The style follows the electro-pop-rock of Amor Vincit Omnia, but adding some heavy riffs which bring Rammstein to Mind (Fight Fire) and some rip-offs of other bands like Depeche Mode (Over the Top sounds just like the Martin Gore band) and China Crisis (Armistice, specially the beginning). Here is nothing to be found of the great heavy prog and psychedelic compositions of The Dark Third, leaving only the typical double vocals of Courtney and Alper as the band's trademark.

Best tracks: there is not a good song to be found here, really. But Open Insurrection has the most interesting instrumental development, although being a mediocre songs nonetheless.

Conclusion: Hammer and Anvil was a very bad album of electronic pop rock with a very worrying lack of inspiration, direction and musical coherence. It also contains songs which are almost a copy of other bands, which was a very bad surprise coming from a band which was able to make so incredible tracks like The Bright Ambassadors of Morning in the past.

Is not a surprise that the band disbanded only a year after this disaster!

My rating: *

 Amor Vincit Omnia by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.97 | 133 ratings

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Amor Vincit Omnia
Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars What happened to Pure Reason Revolution?

After one hell of a debut album called The Dark Third and a collection of very good EP's, they returned with a second effort that changed dramatically the direction of the band. The Pink Floyd influenced psychedelic-space rock of the first record gave way to this electronic pop-rock mess called Amor Vincit Omnia.

The result is sometimes funny, very rhythmic and it contains a good vocal production. However, after a pair of hearings and get over the first shock, this album turns to be boring, repetitive and tremendously uninspired, with only pair of true good moments on it.

That is a pity, because this band could really have been great!

Best Tracks: Victorious Cupid (energetic track in the vein of In Aurelia, from their first era), Deus Ex Machina (catchy and stimulating tune with good distorted guitars on it) The rest is more or less more of the same. After the first half, it turns complicated to bear the album and the desire to push stop becomes just too big!

Conclusion: Pure Reason Revolution chose to change completely their direction with this second album. However, this direction turned to be completely wrong, ruining the career of a very promising band, which could have been a truly great prog act if they would have continued to explore further into these musical territories in spite of trying to become the new British pop heroes.

Therefore, Amor Vincit Omnia is a very complicated album to recommend. If you enjoy electronic pop rock you will find that even in this genre the album is not very good, and if you are a fan of their first record, you will directly be horrified.

My rating: **

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