PROG ALERT!!! Opening with a Steve Vai grand intro, befitting of Bill & Ted, then switching into a Devin Townsend riff and melody sets you right up for this album. Vocals are unexpected, there's no harshness, they're quite soft and remind me of some 80s pop rock acts (not in a bad way - and I can't quite place the name of who), so that takes a little bit of getting into. However the attitude and feeling is very happy, vocally and musically. The scales in the solo for first track 'Gift' sweep up and down like a prog ballet of happiness - the journey has begun!
'Stimulus' displays the bands willingness to switch between prog rock and prog metal. Many prog bands will have different styles within a track but I don't recall any switching between the elements of prog rock and prog metal. (Maybe I'm rambling utter nonsense and it's probably just my limited awareness!) The vocal harmonies and layers play a big part in the tracks and certainly lead, accompanied with keys and chunky guitars. Towards the end of 'Stimulus' I'm pretty sure they've stole a bit of Papa Roach, then it goes all sparkly and you can imagine floating around in space, this ten minute track doesn't want to end just yet!.
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'Motion' sounds like what Periphery would do if they wrote a laid back track, only to change midway to a breakdown of vocal layers and sounds. Abruptly interrupted by the monstrous 'Furor', ferocious and furious this track would sit well on Devins 'Deconstruction', even featuring some heavier vocals, with a gliding end into the track 'Bliss' with vocal inserts of phone conversations. 'Karma' again reminds me of Devin but this band is not a rip off, it's just very clear to see a big inspiration of theirs, and regardless we all enjoy a bit of Devin so no harm done. The track then pipes up a notch heavier then down 2 notches, then slower, you get the idea - typical prog adjustments and very enjoyable. It's listenability is very high and easy for those not so keen on prog yet gripping enough for those who are.
Penultimate track 'Terminus' sure won't be ending soon clocking in at 9.30 and is in no hurry, taking it easy throughout. This track is probably the weakest on the album and I've now forgotten what's going on and contradicting my previous statement. Final track, 'Paramount' now comes too late and I've got the urge to switch these last 2 tracks around on my iTunes, as it's a good poppy track and I kinda lost interest during the previous track, what a shame.
As a whole this band really does kick oober proggy bum! And for a duo producing in their bedroom, have done incredibly well as the quality of production and musicianship is incredible. Get the album and switch 'Terminus' to the last track and I promise you'll love it!