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Reason: The Deception Of Dreams

Having been hugely impressed by the recent EP, Beyond The Dark Horizon, from UK Melodic Progressive Rockers Reason, The Deception Of Dreams has been a much anticipated release at the Reid residence. This is a band who truly utilise the three elements of their genre tag, a Neo Progressive air in evidence right across this album, as a strong Heavy Rock vibe hits home. However it's the keen melodies which underpin the whole kit and caboodle and make Reason as irresistible as they are. Think Saracen crossed with Saga and then ram early Marillion and latter day Arena into that mix and hey presto, you have Reason.

If there's one slight niggle (there is, so let's get it out of the way), it's that the production/mastering isn't quite as sharp as could be hoped for, drums a touch clattery, the vocals just ever so slightly lacking in oomph. And yet good songs are good songs and the wonderfully titled The Deception Of Dreams delivers them from start to finish. Take "Fire Eternal" as a burning example of fiery riffs, impassioned vocals and precise percussion, or "Sacrifice" as a stunning exponent of booming bass and darting synth lines. However bring it all together and both of these songs romp along with an energy and smarting smack of excitement that Reason seem to utterly thrive on. Vocalist Paul Mace is a mighty weapon, a full rich delivery giving him the vocal tools to rip through the balls out rockers and to provide emotion and poise when the need arises. Something the brooding, "Heartless" and muscular "Star Crossed" illustrate perfectly. However even with a fantastic frontman such as Mace, it's hard not to suggest that the guitar/keyboard pairing of Chris Gyngell and Gil Hird don't continually steal the show.

Few bands operating in the Melodic Progressive zone would dare to be as aggressive as Reason often feel the need for and it serves them well with their heavy yet melodic, rocking yet progressive style. Familiar enough to have a ready audience, yet individual enough to stand out from the crowd. The Deception Of Dreams is a serious piece of work and an album that with the correct exposure (something like a support slot with Magnum for example) really could catapult Reason into the big leagues. For those bored with the multitude of Progressive Metal acts out there, or needing a break from the straight up Prog scene, look no further, for this release gives you the perfect Reason to search no more!

Track Listing
1. Synchronised
2. Sacrifice
3. Fire Eternal
4. Heartless
5. September Child
6. Nothing
7. Revelation
8. Star Crossed
9. Souldrift

Added: February 8th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Reason online
Hits: 2450
Language: english

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