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Ear-friendly euro-rock music with infrequent extensions into prog. low expectation stuff.
on 10 December 2016
Lyrically, Subsignal have stepped in to fill the void left by Eloy, and evolved the concepts to the present day (horizons, sands of time, destination, etc etc). Musically, they are happily moving away from the metal-oriented grunge sounds that accompanied their early stuff and clamouring for a sound pallet with a wider appeal. Many of the shorter songs are just that, songs, with a very high vocals to instrumental ratio, so you really need to get into their longer cuts to discover a more intellectual compositional approach, and sadly this album resists going too far down that avenue so that the it offers a bland, predictable, generic euro-rock sound for a wide variety of low-expectation listeners. Always okay/good but never great.
The bonus "LIVE" album in this special edition showcases material from their earlier albums worked over to reign them in to the latest generic band sound, and because the music isn't exactly the most technical product on the market at the moment, the versions are well executed, so you can listen without the dread that often accompanies live performances by Eloy, Floyd and the like, where they can't even press the right keys on the synthesiser.. This extra insight into the band does tend to indicate to new listeners that they are currently on a low, uninspired ebb...they've done better than the studio stuff offered here, so look into some of their other releases before dismissing them out of hand as also-rans in the grand scheme of things.