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Anti-Depressive Delivery: Feel. Melt. Release. Escape.

If you thought The Lasers Edge was going soft with recent releases from atmospheric prog bands Riverside and White Willow, you need to hear Anti-Depressive Delivery's debut, Feel. Melt. Release. Escape. If Pain of Salvation and Evergrey were heavily influenced by, say - oh, I don't know - maybe Rush, Megadeth or even the Moody Blues, those Swedes would sound something like these Norwegians. Classic rock fuses with modern aggression in a progressive and technical mélange of frantic guitars, hyperkinetic keyboards and enthusiastic vocals. It's all here: off-kilter riffing ("Coward"), lounge-club moments ("Path of Sorrow"), social commentary ("Penny Is a Slut Machine") quirky melodies ("End of Days"), vintage prog influences ("Bones & Money") and damn near complete chaos ("Voyage of No Brain Discovery"). Although it may take some listeners time to wrap their brains around everything that's happening on Feel. Melt. Release. Escape., certain songs are immediately intoxicating. Whether the rest of this album clicks with you depends on how wide you open your mind.

Track Listing:
1) End of Days
2) Coward
3) Voyage of No Brain Discovery
4) Path of Sorrow
5) Penny Is a Slut Machine
6) Feel. Melt. Release. Escape.
7) O
8) The Anti-Depressive Delivery
9) Bones & Money

Added: October 20th 2004
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: The Lasers Edge
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Language: english

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Anti-Depressive Delivery: Feel. Melt. Release. Escape.
Posted by Duncan Glenday, SoT Staff Writer on 2004-10-20 18:43:45
My Score:

Sometimes an album leaves you bamboozled, and you need to play it again and again until you figure it out.

The first several songs on are nice '70s inspired prog with vocals that will appeal to some – but others might find them a bit strained, and the melodies a bit contrived.

But there's a huge contrast toward the end of the record, and it closes out with "Bones And Money", a really wonderful 15-minute epic that embraces everything that we like about symphonic progressive music. It starts with an elegant piano piece whose first few bars resemble cat Stevens's "Morning Has Broken". There's an uncomfortable tempo-shift into harder rock – but don't worry. All of the subsequent shifts are smooth and you'll easily be swept with the ebb and flow and the constantly developing themes and the emotion that drives this song. Think of a more melodic, harder-edged version of Echolyn's Mei.

The contrast is not in the style or sound or mood – it is one of quality and complexity. The first several tracks are good. But the purchase price of Feel. Melt. Release. Escape. is easily justified on that final track alone.

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