Beyond the Bridge The Old Man and The Spirit
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HorrorBusiness78
June 21st 2012


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm a huge fan of Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos, and early DT style prog metal, so this immediately appealed to me. So far it's my favorite release of 2012, the writing and performances are very impressive. Excellent review, I agree with pretty much everything stated. Pos'd.

KjSwantko
June 21st 2012


9446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, I'm surprised more people don't think it's a stellar album. And thank you, sir.

AsoTamaki
June 21st 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A lot of this was very good. Definitely get the DT comparison, but it reminded me of Shadow Gallery more than anyone else. Everything from the guitar riffs, use of keys, types of vocal melodies, and even the way it flows conceptually. The vocals were strong from both singers. I liked how the female vocals were mostly limited to the softer songs and sections. Seemed as though her voice suits that best. It's nice they played to each other's strengths rather than them just trading lines or making sure everything was split evenly.

My only real criticism is that from "The Struggle" onward, the music wasn't that great. Kind of lost interest from there until the final track came on. I think this should get better with repeated listens though (assuming the story concept was well written). I didn't pay all that much attention to the lyrics.

Also, @Willie & Horror: I don't see why this would appeal specifically to a Fates Warning fan. No similarity whatsoever to any era of that band. What made you mention that?

Willie
Moderator
June 21st 2012


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It seems like it's Images & Words meets Parallels, to me.

Edit: Without the perfection of either album, obviously.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

AsoTamaki
June 21st 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha, obviously. Yeah, that would be the perfect album. That description definitely would make me check a band out every time.

Well, I'm with you on the Images & Words part. But the style of instrumentation, even on the on the softer material, is too different for me to draw any parallels to Fates. Very heavy on piano and keyboard-based sections and the vocal arrangements don't have a FW type of feel either. Plus, this is far too metal of an album overall to be compared to Parallels in particular.

BrushedRed
June 26th 2012


1085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I gave this a 3 just for the instrumentals. They're nice! I just didn't dig the vocals too much

BrushedRed
June 27th 2012


1085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just listened to this again today. I'm thinking I'm gonna bump it up to a 3.5. I just can't see bumping it up more. I mean this album has it's strong points for sure, but for every few strong points, it has a weak point. The instrumentals in "Triumph of Irreality" are delicious though!

BrushedRed
July 2nd 2012


1085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to laugh at "Where the Earth and Sky Meet," then after repeated plays I'm really starting to like it, although I can see Aladdin singing it on the flying carpet.

Sorry for blowing up this thread, I'm still trying to figure out this album. It's quite a grower for sure.

BirthRite
July 2nd 2012


1318 Comments


do you know how to comment in one post or do i need to refer you to the baby milks page of sputnik

BrushedRed
July 2nd 2012


1085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Go fuck yourself maybe?

BirthRite
July 2nd 2012


1318 Comments


no that would be against god's law

Havey
April 13th 2014


9754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the struggle is the worst song ive ever heard



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