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They're doing everything right, by the book ... but that then becomes the problem. Been there, heard that.
Aside from the clean vocals, this album is great! A step-up in all directions from the band except for the vocals lol
The band drops a lot of their "metal clichés," here from an instrumental point of view (though lyrically they still could mature a bit more). What we have is a style that suits the band's more more chaotic side better than what their "radio metal" past ever could. They're definitely going all out and doing what they want and the result is a very fun album that just simply works. Especially the G.O.D suite.
I need to listen further for a more comprehensive evaluation. These are my first thoughts on a first listen.
This has become my favorite Haken release. It used to be Mountain, but now I prefer Virus by a very narrow margin. Everything falls into place on this album, it's just insanely good.
1. Prosthetic 5:58
2. Invasion 6:42
3. Carousel 10:29
4. The Strain 5:23
5. Canary Yellow 4:14
6. Messiah Complex I: Ivory Tower 3:57
8. Messiah Complex III: Marigold 2:24
9. Messiah Complex IV: The Sect 2:02
10. Messiah Complex V: Ectobius Rex 4:57
11. Only Stars 2:10
This was an interesting listening experience. I like it! AS have now fully embraced the Avant-Garde. The album doesn't fully convince me, at least not after the first listen. The vocals feel strangely out of place (like they're not really part of the mix), and the clean vocals are a bit thin overall, compared to other avant-garde releases.
Overall it seems a little haphazard, although the "GOD suite" that closes the album makes up for the preceding songs somewhat - I really liked it.
1. Game Over 3:46
2. Mattel 5:30
3. Nobody 5:53
4. We Love You 6:15
5. Cosmic 7:31
6. Beautiful Morning 6:32
7. Easier 3:37
8. G 3:37
9. (O)rdinary 2:52
10. (D)eath 3:19
11. Life Is But a Dream… 4:29
If you right now are searching for a typical new reference album standing for the term Progressive Rock, there you are. Partially heavy, partially symphonic, 'Rite Of Kassandra' covers diverse styles, and a flow that won't let go of you anytime soon.
1. Rise of Kassandra 13:00
2. Delighted Insanity 5:46
3. Island of Servitude 5:11
4. The Sacred Law of Retribution 23:46
My favorite Scott Henderson album, hands down. More blues, less fusion on this one, at least compared to his other solo albums and the Tribal Tech stuff (which I also love).
1. Dolemite 5:54
2. Tore Down House 7:39
3. Meter Maid 4:31
4. I Hate You 4:40
5. Gittar School 5:12
6. Xanax 5:40
7. Continuum 4:02
8. You Got Off On Me 3:55
9. Mocha 7:31
10. Harpoon 6:48
11. Same As You 8:13
This has a distinct punk attitude that I don't remember from the Paramore albums of the 2000s, which had been my first and only encounter with the band until today. The music is quite sophisticated and thoughtful, given the punk slant, and I even see some prog (think Art Rock) ambitions. Nice!
1. This Is Why 3:26
2. The News 3:07
3. Running Out of Time 3:12
4. C’est comme ça 2:29
5. Big Man, Little Dignity 4:20
6. You First 4:05
7. Figure 8 3:24
8. Liar 4:21
9. Crave 3:54
10. Thick Skull 3:53
Progressive in the true sense of the word. Round about one hour of splendid heavy prog with metal leanings from the States. This third album comes like a surprise, because the recent one saw the light of day already a while ago in 2001. I really appreciate the quartet's tricky and powerful presence throughout.
1. The Needle's Eye 7:04
2. Riverflow 10:48
3. Perpetual Child, Part II: Forever 14:35
4. Together Now 8:00
5. All My Years 4:35
6. Float Away 4:31
8. To Say Goodbye, Part V: Water Child 14:45
Guitarist Germán Vergara describes it as a 'record of crisis, but also of inspiring moments'. Album and track titles are anticipating some time of unrest. For sure a significant change concerning the line up, singer Israel Gil substituted Sebastian Vergara some years ago. Fabulous implementation regarding all instruments. There's so much potential available to survive, demonstrated with the recent two albums.
Arjen has done it again. A glorious hommage to the 60s/70s, in the typical Ayreon style. Amazing guitar work by Timo Somers, as Arjen plays bass on this album.
The opener (The Glamattack) is not the high point of the album, something that put me down initially when it came out. Keep on listening, and the album will draw you in!
1. SR Prelude 1:32
2. The Glamattack 5:15
3. Golden Age of Music 5:12
4. The Rise of the Starman 4:49
5. Burn It Down 4:52
6. Odyssey 6:46
7. They Took Us by Storm 5:05
8. Golden Boy 5:49
9. Holy Holy Ground 5:06
10. Fight of the Century 3:55
11. Came to Mock, Stayed to Rock 6:07
12. Children of the Revolution Bonus 3:05
13. Heard It on the X Bonus 2:55
14. Fantasy Bonus 4:09
15. Love Is All Bonus 3:08