Delusion Squared: The Final Delusion
Delusion Squared is releasing the final chapter, The Final Delusion, this year, in their three part trilogy story that began with the band's debut, self – titled album. The French band created the storyline for the three record concepts telling the expansive and innovative science fiction story about a young girl, born in a post nuclear society. She revolts against society by giving birth to a natural child instead of the more mechanical and antiseptic ways of the new age. However, by doing so, she violated copyright laws which extend to genes that have been modified. She is found guilty of "gene piracy" and forced outside of society. The story continues as she meets other survivors of banishment and eventually becomes a spiritual guide, creating a new religion.
This album opens with more of a solid rock sound than the previous two progressive albums. But the keyboards help bring back all of the traditional progressive elements soon. Lorraine Young's deep and emotion – packed vocals fill the air as "Patient Zero", one of the best tracks on the first section of the story, "Ordeal", plays out surrounded by acoustic guitar and those wonderful experimental keyboards and power driven electric guitar notes. The acoustic guitar work, credited to Lorraine, is especially good on the final track of this opening sequence - "Reason of State". The keyboards from Steve Francis add that cool sense of wonder to the sound.
The remaining sequences are also very well played musically, with Young's vocals providing detailed story insights and the final statement and story's climax.
As I said in my last review for the second album, this band has a brilliant future in front of them. They know how to create and tell an epic story filled with good supporting music. They have a very talented lead singer and excellent musical innovation throughout the band. Their album covers, especially this final cover, are full of thought provoking images.
I recommend buying this last in a series of albums with a sci-fi storyline and look forward the band's evolution after The Final Delusion.
01. The Same River Thrice (2:44)
02. Diaspora (4:16)
03. Patient Zero (5:16)
04. Reason Of State (6:51)
05. Devil Inside (6:56)
06. Last Day Of Sun (5:23)
07. Finally Free (6:41)
08. Prisoner's Dilemma (6:43)
09. Black Waters (5:36)
10. By The Lake [Dying] (4:32)
11. Oblivion For My Sin (6:46)
12. Persistence Of Vision (5:44)
13. Dus In Machina (5:21)
Added: July 30th 2014
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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