Top positive review
32 people found this helpful
Fresh & Inventive Prog Metal
on 3 June 2006
To call this prog metal seems slightly wrong, if it wasn't for the occasional slightly angry vocal delivery this would be considered prog rock, of the Pink Floyd/Porcupine Tree nature. After reading plenty of rave reviews saying how wonderfully creative the band are, how they draw influences from many bands I like (Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Pain of Salvation) and how good 'Out Of Myself' was, when this album came out I was eager to give it a try. The sheer beauty of the album, and most notably in Markus Duda's wonderful voice, absolutely floored me first time.
The band knows how to balance an album for one thing, the structure is perfect, flowing effortlessly. For those looking for the heavier side of progressive rock, with some metal moments, the thunderous 'Volte-Face' will certainly please. The chorus roars of 'how far is the light?' are executed perfectly and never become over-the-top. 'Still Conceiving You' is a touching piece, Duda's voice is soft and gentle, emphasised by the previous attack of 'Volte-Face'. `Second Life Syndrome' and 'Dance With The Shadow' the two epic pieces in the album, clocking in at 27 minutes when combined, are both absolutely stunning, both contain rich and beautiful melodies mixed perfectly with climatical heavier sections. 'I Turned You Down' is another fine ballad, once again the music is touching but never cliched, something this band can certainly pride themselves on. There are other fine moments I have not mentioned, simply the whole album is good, and these are just my personal highlights.
If you're a fan of progressive music in any form this is for you, the music retains the qualities of old prog but with a modern sound and sometimes a metal edge. Looking forward to their next album.