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Ignore the dragon on the cover of Timeline's self-titled debut CD; it has nothing to do with this hybrid of progressive rock, hard rock and AOR. Rather than write songs steeped in fantasy, the American sextet sings about "broken spirits" and "dancing in the pouring rain." Lush harmonies and big melodies on songs like "Mirror in the Sky" and "Rampage" give Timeline an arena-rock sound that may prevent hardcore progheads from taking the band seriously. But with roots reaching back a decade, Timeline boasts five musicians who can play, and in Eric Boles, the band has a singer with the potential to take Timeline far. The prog influences may be subtle at times, but you almost expect to hear Steve Walsh's voice burst forth on the instrumental "Vertigo," "The Burn" fans the flames of Dream Theater's most accessible material, and the dark and forboding "Heart of the Storm" demonstrates how the band would sound if it opted for a more metallic edge. The production here is a little thin, but hopefully Timeline will rectify that on its second CD, slated to be released sometime during winter 2005.

Track Listing:
1) Mirror in the Sky
2) Redemption
3) Vertigo
4) The Burn
5) Rampage
6) Journey's End
7) Heart of the Storm
8) Karocell
9) Borrowed Time
10) When I Look Into Your Eyes

Added: August 31st 2005
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Timeline Web Site
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Language: english

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