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Dark Suns: Orange

The musicians from Liepzig are back with their third full length. This release is a double CD and DVD digipack. The promo only includes one CD and the unplugged bonus EP is being left out unfortunately.

Dark Suns is a serious progressive band with varied influences including the classic 70's era. One can feel the inspiration taken from great masters like: Genesis, Gentle Giant and King Crimson. Orange is apparently a more direct and less complex album as compared with their 2008 release Grave. Still, even if it's somewhat easier to listen to, the essential elements of the genre are there to capture the progressive fans' interest and keeps the listener's attention all along. What represents better prog music than Hammond organ and intricate time signatures? Well, these parts are everywhere on this album. The mood is also shifting from ambient to hectic, passing by some more dramatic/intense moments and add to this a little touch of theatricality too. As it is the case often in this type of music, musical breaks are bringing upfront the musicianship and crafty song writing abilities of the musicians. The vocals are mostly clean with harsher ones popping in once and a while. Then you have some high-pitch ones appearing here and there. Normally not too ear piercing, except maybe on "That is Why They All Hate You in Hell". The Gentle Giant side is being provided by different brass instruments, besides the Hammond of course, and one could feel the influence on: "Toy"; while a Genesis vibe is present on: "Diamond". The moving from calm to intense is just plain King Crimsonesque. Off the sorter (3 to 6 minutes) tracks, "Toy" and "Ghost" are getting my vote as their best. As for the longest composition, closer long lasting pleasure (14:14) "Antipole" as all to please you: Hammond, distorted guitars, musical break, brass, a bit of sadness and madness too.

In short, Orange is a pretty cool progressive album that the fans will enjoy.

Track Listing
1- Toy
2- Eight Quiet Minutes
3- Elephant
4- Diamond
5- Not Enough Fingers
6- Ghost
7- That Is Why They All Hate You in Hell
8- Vespertine
9- Scaleman
10- Antipole

Added: February 19th 2012
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Related Link: Prophecy Productions
Hits: 1930
Language: english

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