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CHAIN REACTION

Distorted Harmony

 

Progressive Metal

3.91 | 130 ratings

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uribreitman
4 stars After listening to this album 48 times on my iPod (yes, iTunes counts every listen), I conclude that this is one of my favorite albums of 2014. Great prog-metal, with great melodic sense, excellent arrangements and a spectacular musical production.

This is even better than 2012's "Utopia", which was the best prog-metal album ever produced in Israel anyway. Songs are tight, mature and muscular. Guitar work by Guy Landau deserves all the accolades, with tasteful licks and careful attention to detail. Drum work by Yogev Gabai is very creative, focused on clever syncopation and surprising passages.

Yoav Efron, band leader, has managed to remain in the background, not forcing himself on the songs, producing only the most essential keyboard solos. Frontman Misha Suchinin's vocals are impressive and sensitive - the exact opposite to most prog-metal vocalists. Misha never overkills the vocal lines, always human and dynamic.

The centerpiece is "Misguided" (#3), and tracks like "Methylene Blue" remind me of Porcupine Tree. All tracks, maybe except the short acoustic "As You Go" are perfect, with the 2nd track "Children of Red" remind me of Dream Theater's "Six Degrees" period.

All in all, a very catchy album, worthy of your precious time, with amazing progressive metal workouts - "Chain Reacion" focuses on the songs, not the players egos. This is not an empty showcase of virtuousity, but a real electric storm made by five world-class musicians. I enjoyed it so much, and glad to still have it on my mp3 player. The 50th listen is very close :-)

uribreitman | 4/5 |

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