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SYLVAN Presets ProgRock Records (2007)

The band's sixth album and in a change for them one which was recorded in parallel with their last album 'Posthumous Silence', with this album containing twelve songs most of which clock in under the five minute mark. Having never heard of the band's previous work helps as this is apparently not their normal fare.

The press release quotes Coldplay and Keane as similar sounding bands and can hear these in tracks like the piano led 'Verge Of Tears'. But for me they are much closer in sound to Dashboard Confessional, Porcupine Tree and Marillion with lush soundscapes and clean, precise guitar solos.

'One Step Beyond' could easily gain airplay with a soaring chorus that puts Keane to shame. The title track though delves right into prog rock with multiple time changes and extending mid-section soloing.

The key to the success of this album will be to get it heard outside of the prog rock fan base as these tunes heard by fans of mainstream bands like Snow Patrol, Coldplay et al This album is just too good to become just a genre hit.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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