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| ||The Pineapple Thief Magnolia||3.5|
| ||Ocean Towers Distractions|
Basslines as heavy as hell but an atmosphere as cold as the Canadian Arctic Circle. Who needs
complex song structures when you have basslines that groove this hard, vocals this smooth and
production this good? Atmospheric psychedelic rock doesn't get much better than this.
| ||The Grand Astoria La Belle Epoque|
While a step down from Punkadelia, not entirely unexpected after being so prolific, La Belle Epoque shows a lighter, more upbeat and compressed side to The Grand Astoria with light blues-rock tunes such a Henry's Got A Gun and slow-burners like The Answer, showing further how versatile they can be with their sound.rHowever, it suffers from the recurring problem of thorny vocals and could have done with a better-flowing structure, possibly being longer. Including more elements from the lead-up to its release like awesome single Blessed, Cursed and Crucified, plus acoustic tunes from 'Who's In Charge' and the atmosphere of 30-minute epic 'The B
| ||Anubis Hitchhiking to Byzantium|
One of the best progressive albums of 2014. While at first it may seem like a lengthy, classic-style prog rock album, each song is unique and has subtle developments in the lyrics, rhythm section, keyboard-led atmospherics and of course the phenomenal guitar-work that make Anubis as fresh and exciting as they are.
| ||Motorpsycho Heavy Metal Fruit||4.5|
| ||The Grand Astoria Omnipresence|
Not as good as Punkadelia, mainly because of the sometimes-jarring vocals but tracks like Hungry & Foolish, the two intrumental tracks Omnipresence/absence and 13 minute epic Something Wicked This Way Comes are some of their best work. Stoner-punk-metal-s hard
| ||The Grand Astoria The Body Limits [From Montenegro Split]|
Just one, brilliant, 30-minute long song here, the band at their finest in terms of chilled-out atmosphere, instrumentation and Sharapodinov's vocals in particular are much improved to the point where they uniquely add to the music instead of possibly detracting. A mini album in its own right.
|Onirium Yeah, there's still the same kind of melodies and atmospheres. But Bruce's voice is a major factor in keeping their originality and personality on Magnolia imo|
|Zantera I wish I had as good music taste when I was 17, but I was kinda finding my way I guess. :P|
|deathschool Yeah, man. I checked Sleep Furiously a while back. Liked it a lot. I'm going back now and listening to their other stuff.|
|Onirium Well, there's plenty of 7/8 time signatures in it, to a point where it actually annoys me a little; their use of the 7/8 time sig is pretty bland and repetitive. But the complex rythms don't make the prog, and Magnolia doesn't really have a prog "spirit" (for lack of a better word) in my opinion. I guess there's still remnants of their progginess though, for example Alone at Sea and Bond. But nonetheless I can still perfectly recognize TPT when listening to Magnolia, and that's a great thing imo|