New Release (Roadrunner)
Second album by the progressive metal band puts the progressive side forward; complete with guitar solos by John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Guthrie Govan (ex-Asia). Electronic flourishes, harmony-guitar leads and grandiose melodies give this the feel of a ‘70s-inspired epic, then along comes the dark riffage and double-bass drums to kick it into the present. Spencer Sotelo’s lead vocals maintain the split personality: Part sung in a conventional rock voice and part in a death-metal growl, they practically qualify as duets.
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