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4.06 | 1065 ratings

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4 stars One great release of 2010, and possible the greatest debut album I heard this year!

This album combines old prog legacy with modern sound, and the result is really better than average. First of all, their strong side is melodies and composition: I didn't heard such successful composed melodic (without being cheese) for a long, especially from new generation bands.

Musicianship is very competent, and I like arrangements as well - rich, but not over arranged. You can hear each instrument on full-bodied album's sound. Music in whole is very eclectic, with main influences coming from melodic prog metal, symphonic heavy prog and some smaller fusion and dark metal ones. Possible some melodic symphonic prog fans will be not very happy with few vocal growls in some places, but for me their addition isn't a bad decision: album's music is very melodic, well arranged, sound is well rounded, and few darker, heavier or sharper moments are all welcome to save the music from being polished listening to aged dreamers. For sure, it's a question of taste first of all, but such small spices doesn't destroy whole sound in all cases.

Complex compositions' structure in combination with great songwriting makes their songs really attractive listening. For sure, the music in whole is a contemporary melodic heavy prog without even traces of experimentation, so just know what to expect there. But if you're searching for excellent album, using melodic prog metal and heavy symphonic prog legacy for playing such music nowadays, this album will be a pleasant surprise for you!

My rating - 4+.

snobb | 4/5 |


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