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New Sun

Affects

Review by Gary Hill

Seeming a bit more true progressive rock (as opposed to prog metal) than the last album, this release shows that the band has made progress in their sound and song writing. This is very strong CD, and serves as an excellent follow up to Fractured.

New Sun is Alex Kley, D. L. Erickson, Christopher Scott, and Chris Trujillo. As on the last release, several guest musicians round out the lineup. The disc can be purchased through their website at www.NewSun.com . Please mention that you read about the album at Music Street Journal.

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Track by Track Review
Dark The Azure Sky
This intriguing guitar based instrumental shows elements of both jazz and eastern music.
Prometheus
Rycheish influences combine with solid prog leanings to make up this strong cut. The piece also has echoes of Rush. A jazzy sort of break moves the song into more solid prog territory. This is a very powerful and driving tune.
Acquired Musical Memory
A considerably dramatic and progish instrumental composition, this one is quite atmospheric and potent.
Cyrus Gore
An intriguingly textured piece; this is a great tune that is quite modern in sound, while still showing elements of classic prog. This track covers a lot of musical territory, and is one of the stronger cuts on this album.
Cause And Effect
Picture a Yes track with more stripped down instrumental choices and you have something close to this cut. Essentially, it is well arranged, quirky prog rock with no keys.
...But For The Gleam In Her Eyes
This is a brief and solid, textural keyboard solo.
FYB (The Deceptionist)
Metallic guitar tones begin this number, which is a very strong and energetic prog metal song.
Question
An acoustic guitar and vocal segment begins this piece. That intro leads into another strong progish/metallic number with elements of Rush.
 
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