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For young lads they have a keen ear for melodies, themes, riffs, hooks and song structures.

One has to admire the talent and proficiency of a bunch of school kids (because that's what they are) who produce music of this quality. Make no mistake, these guys are very good musicians, make that exceptional and if the likes of Dream Theater are to your liking, then it's more than likely you will probably want to possess this album.

However, there is one significant aspect that may influence your decision and that's the presence of Doom/Death style vocals, which of course comes down to a matter of personal taste. At times, on what I would term the clean vocals, the relative youth of Thomas Cuce (vocals & keys) does become obvious, but it's the growling, screaming and guttural style, which is the predominant variety employed that will divide opinion.

Musically I can't fault what's on offer. For young lads they have a keen ear for melodies, themes, riffs, hooks and song structures; they solo without being too flashy. The DT comparisons are unavoidable and probably not unexpected particularly when the drummer is a certain Max Portnoy, son of the ubiquitous Mike, with the latter being the album's producer. Max Portnoy's style is, not surprisingly, very similar to his father's. The rest of the band comprises of Ryland Holland (guitars) and Kris Rank (bass), both of whom are equally adept as their band mates; Holland's solos are both incisive and interesting.

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Of the nine tracks, opener 'The Edge Of Insanity' is close to ten minutes long and has an atmospheric intro before a flurry of drums picks up the speed. Evil sounding Hammond Organ reminds one of Derek Sherinian. The vocal arrangement has a straight voice answered by a growl with a chorus that is catchy. The mid-song melange of sound-bites, which one presumes indicates the insanity, is a touch ostentatious. 'You Are Not Me' has a terrific riff and this time, the growl takes the lead with the clean voice being reserved for the chorus, which again is top quality. It is a trait the band displays throughout.

'Runaway' has a dominant bass at its outset before a very heavy riff appears. 'A Lonely Walk' is a highlight with a beautiful piano refrain; it's a ballad in vein of DT's 'Hollow Years'. 'Control' returns us to the heavy spectrum, although for me the arrival of the Doom element does detract. 'Lost' apes 'Hall Of The Mountain King' during the first half with clean vocals throughout. 'Social Anxiety' has a great riff while 'Legacy' is the other ballad and therefore another highlight. The vocal delivery and phrasing is pure James La Brie.

Closer, 'Blood On My Hands' is the big finish being pacey and heavy.

Gary Marshall

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