Wow! Can't claim to have been be a big fan of this band - though enjoyed some of their previous stuff particularly the last one "Century of the self".
This is almost like a 3-way fight between space rock/prog and punk but a lot better than that sounds! The band said they were influenced by such classic albums as Hemispheres by Rush and the Yes albums Relayer/Close to the edge - not bad albums to be influenced by!
The first consists of the 35 minute blockbuster Tao of the dead and second one the 16 minute epic Strange news from another planet.
The first of these, Tao, has many catchy highlights - Pure radio cosplay, Summer of all dead souls and Weight of the sun ("YOU WILL PAY - THE HIGHER THAT YOUR SOAR") - can't stop playing the whole damn thing. As for the second track "strange news..." if you don't get a rush from the opening 2/3 minutes I'd check to see if you still have a pulse - I have it on repeat play - my 3 teenage kids love it too - so I can claim to be almost trendy!
The second disc is the first 35 minute track Tao conveniently split into 11 tracks makling it far more accessible. I wish Echolyn had done that for their excellent epic "Mei".
Final mention of the artwork + inside story - great - the story is really well written - an extract from a book being written by band member Conrad Keely.
This album shouldn't really work for my tastes - but I've had it on the cd player virtually non-stop for the last 2 weeks or so. Worth checking the clips from I-tunes to see if it has the same positive impact on you.
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