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Post Death Soundtrack

Chosen Sons (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

I am sure that there are prog purists who won't like this. I can't imagine anyone arguing that it's not prog rock, though. This is decidedly art music. Yes, it is noisy, dark and driving. It's so powerful and complex, though. It's absolutely progressive rock, and it's an exceptional piece of music. I reviewed a previous set from these guys and was impressed, but I think this blows that out of the water. I can't wait to hear more new music from these guys.

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Track by Track Review
Chosen Sons

Cool fast paced electronics bring this into being. A blast of sound rises up amidst this. Theatrical, nearly operatic vocals deliver the first line. A blast of louder vocals bring an almost nightmarish metal intensity. The cut continues to evolve from there with more of the same concepts for a bit. Then it works out to more of a "song-like" structure to continue. This is dark and evil sounding. It's also quite prog rock based at the same time. A more rocking sound takes over in a pounding driving section beyond that. This is such an experimental type piece, but it's also oddly compelling and infectious. There are techno and industrial things here, but overall this is distinctly hard edged and powerful art rock that has some definite space edges to it. The synthesizer sounds on this are so cool. The short dropped back interlude is a nice touch, too. The occasional sound effects bring something special as well. The nearly symphonic outro is very cinematic.

 
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