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An album that you simply need to have.

With the net of progressive rock being cast ever further across the world, I have finally reached a stage where I am no longer surprised by where the next exciting prog band springs up from. That said, I'm not sure that even with that outlook I ever expected to be listening to the third release by a band from Uzbekistan (hence the band name)! It never ceases to amaze me that musicians from around the world have the passion, skill and musical knowledge to deliver some outstanding progressive albums and in the case of progressive rock/metallers, they are exceptionally gifted on all three counts.

The themes are dark and in places quite difficult to break down however given time and patience, the rewards are simply stunning. In terms of style are refreshingly difficult to tie down, but if you could imagine a subtle blend of Pink Floyd, Rush and something altogether more current like Riverside, then you wouldn't have an exact description of what can be found on 'Seventh Story', but you won't be a million miles away. One moment the music can be harsh and uncompromising, the next lush and spacious, with the majority of the album being instrumental, although there are one or two moments with vocals (a first for the band). There is however more than enough going on to make the lack of vocals not only not an issue, but in truth something that you barely notice as the seven songs that make up the album, unfold. I have to admit that I am not fully aware of how the concept story that obviously runs through the entire album works (most tracks have spoken word sections where a family would appear to interact and grow across a lengthy period of time), however it all adds to atmosphere. Whilst every song on the album deserves special mention, I have to highlight the simply wonderful and ever changing journey that unfurls through the sixteen minutes of 'Desert Call' (it isn't the longest song), where the tempo varies from a gentle stroll to a mighty gallop, Vitaly Popeloff's guitar work being absolutely stunning as he peels out some mighty riffs, a plaintive solo, some memorably melodic motifs and even a little free form jazz (don't worry it doesn't last long). The true strength of the music though is the manner in which the songs are constructed to create almost living breathing entities that completely encapsulate you as you travel through this album. What is even more impressive is that have achieved this while being based in a country that has no scene as such for this music and by its very nature makes keeping a settled line up extremely challenging.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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'Seventh Story' is a beautiful album that is sharply uncompromising, hugely melodic and intricately constructed, but not in a way that hides the true depth of the songs themselves and for any serious lover of progressive music, it is an album that you simply need to have.

Steven Reid

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