Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third CD (album) cover


Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

3.75 | 273 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer

This relatively new band finally released an album after several singles and EP's. It took them quite a while to achieve it, but here there are!

The music you will discover ranges from Floyd during the opening track "Aeropause" to PT while you listen to "The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning". This is one of the central pieces of the album and it was already available on their good EP "Cautionary Tales for the Brave". Ambient parts are combined with heavier breaks: it is a pretty good combination and should really please any PT fan.

Melodic and atmospheric tracks are not forgotten. "The Exact Colour" is probably not my fave from this album: mellowish and childish are the major characteristics. This tranquil mood is also conveyed during the next track: "Voices In The Winter/In The Realms Of The Divine", but only during the first part. The rhythm seriously catches up during "The Realms". It was necessary.

The comparison with PT is at times somewhat disturbing. "Bullits Dominae" is another track that is too close from their model IMO. At this time, I would say that their work is turning derivative. These songs are fine but I would have expected some more personality. The closing part could have been featured on a "Mostly Autumn" album as well. Fine music indeed.

Vocal harmonies are particularly crafted throughout this album. The band goes on with another dual song. I'm not really enthusiast about their habit though. These parts are usually not working with one another. It is again experienced with "The Twyncyn - Trembling Willows" which is half melodic - half metal (the latter part reminds me "Garbage" an awful lot).

This is an encouraging debut but I wonder why they are consider as the next jewel of prog music. They don't sound very much original as far as I am concerned. Their second album (which should come out soon) will be a serious challenge. Either they remain a clone band or they move ahead. Let's hope they opt for the best option.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password


Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives