This is the second album from German prog newcomers, The Intersphere, but their first international release, courtesy of ProgRock Records. They've been around since 2006, building their sound and their following, and it certainly seems to be coming to fruition.
However, a word of warning for those folks who think that prog stopped developing around about the time of "Tales From Topographic Oceans". This is very definitely modern progressive rock. It's more Muse than Mandrill, with more than a few nods to the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead. So if you're a prog purist, then this may not be for you. But for those of you still here, who have a liking for modern melodic progressive rock, then this could be for you.
It's probably one part prog, one part art-rock and one part alternative rock, so prepare yourself. However, even for aged listeners like me, songs like 'Ghostwriter' and 'I Have A Place For You On Google Earth' are infused with enough clever clogs bits and inventiveness to keep me happy. Youngsters will find themselves drawn more to the beat driven 'Sate Of The Divine' and 'The Far-Out Astronaut', which will lend themselves more to their 21st century ears.
They band are all very capable, and it's an interesting and listenable album. It may be a bit too diverse for some, but at least the band are trying to take their prog to some new places.
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