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4 stars A very curious album: sympho-prog without keys. This is essentially the next step forward after the band's pleasant but ultimately somewhat unengaging debut. Musically, it's a lot more self-assured. While the longer tracks of the debut tended to meander a bit, "Lifetime", "Black And White" and "There No More" are fairly bursting with forward momentum, blazing energy and melodic invention. Even Colin Carter seems to have gone up a level. His voice, while nice enough on the first album, never really went over very strong. Here he shows quite a bit of conviction.

Save for the (mercifully) brief solo percussion piece "Stop That Banging", Banks' guitar is basically the whole show here. And while at times his style is a tad too close to Howe's for comfort (spicing up several songs with riffs that sound like variations on Howe's "Yours Is No Disgrace" hook), he makes up for it by being constantly compelling. He seems to be aiming at filling up the space with a big guitar sound, making sure you don't miss the keyboards, at the same time making sure you won't mistake this for a Black Sabbath album. This is not hard-rock. This is guitar-oriented epic prog. Essentially: Yes minus keys.

Progbear | 4/5 |


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