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Doomsday Afternoon [Import]

Phideaux Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: JFK
  • ASIN: B000SKLKTM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do Not Speak...It Will Not Be Undone" 17 Aug 2008
By Dave_42
Format:Audio CD
Phideaux is an unusual group. It has a large membership (9 on this album), though the two core members are Rich Hutchins and Phideaux Xavier. They draw on a number of styles to produce a very pleasant mix of genres, and would generally be considered orchestral progressive rock. "Doomsday Afternoon" is their sixth album and it is quite an excellent experience if you are unfamiliar with this group. This album was released on the 21st of June, 2007. In addition to the nine listed members, there are another seven guest performers, as well as an "orchestra" of an additional 16 members. This album is subtitled "An Eco Terror Tale", and it does have an underlying feel of foreboding from the very start. It also has several sections which are beautiful yet also very dark. The message of the album is not one of hope; it is one of being a wake-up call, though one wonders if it is already too late.

The album opens with "Micro Softdeathstar", which is a tremendous opening piece that gives the listener a range of styles and sounds. This is followed by the instrumental piece "The Doctrine of Eternal Ice (part one)", which introduces key musical themes which will return later in the album. "Candybrain" is a much simpler piece than the opener, yet it fits in well and has the same overall feeling of darkness and foreboding as the other pieces, as does the instrumental "Crumble" which serves much the same purpose as the earlier instrumental in building the musical themes of the album without the distraction of lyrics. Next is "The Doctrine of Eternal Ice (part two)" which opens with a beautiful and dark section which then explodes to closes out the first act of the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 12 May 2013
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Phideaux is a consistently brilliant artist. Lots of symphonic rock is bland and derivitive. Phideaux is original and he presses all the right buttons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good modern-yet-retro-Prog Rock 30 Mar 2014
By Charlie
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This has got to be one of the best progressive rock albums to come out in the last 20 years. Phideaux employed an orchestra to play with the band and the results speak for themselves. It would be easy to suggest that the orchestra pushed the album higher than the band otherwise could've reached, however their latter albums are just as good.

So, this is Phideaux's breakthrough album (of sorts...) and its easy to see why. The consistency and quality of material here is remarkable. It is a symphonic progressive rock album of the kind that Yes and Genesis were releasing 40 years ago. For some people that may put you off altogether, however to my ears it lacks the pompousness (and dare I say pretentiousness?) of some of the 70s prog bands *cough*ELP*cough*. This album isn't like other albums I can name that employed orchestras in their recording (Metallica - S&M, or Moody Blues - Days of Future Past), the arrangements are very much in the background mostly giving extra atmosphere and power to the already superb songs. The album title itself may even be a nod to the moody blues magnificent 'Thursday Afternoon'.

The album really flows and it makes fantastic use of repeated musical passages throughout its 10 songs. They may not be noticeable on the first few listens, however with repeated listening, you will start to hear passages that were played on several songs beforehand. They may be subtle, but its not repetition, its a musical technique used to give cohesion to the work. This is most noticeable on the two songs, both of which are called 'crumble'; the first being a atmospheric piano interlude, the second being a beautiful piano ballad. The two long songs that sandwich either end of the album act to introduce and then to tie-up all the various themes within the album.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 25 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Phideaux is a band started by songwriter Phideaux Xavier and drummer Rich Hutchins, who with a revolving cast of friends, specialize in adventurous art rock. There are some classic 70s dark progressive rock references throughout this album, which provides a gloomy outlook of the future. Think Genesis circa Lamb, Floyd circa Animals and Tull circa Thick as a Brick. It's awesome stuff but don't take my word for it. Take a chance on a band you've probably never heard of if you're a prog fan of the aforementioned albums.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars answer fast 26 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
They were mistaken in the holder to send but they responded me fast and they fixed the problem giving me alternatives. I have remained happy
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