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Bright Horizon: Oneiric Reality

Italy's Bright Horizon's plays music that doesn't fit easily into any of the pigeonholes we writers use to describe music. In places it seems the band is appealing to the prog-metal set, yet the underlying instrumentation is symphonic prog, or neo-progressive rock. Most of the record's short 42 minutes are song-oriented pieces, and each track is somewhat different from the next. It is a concept piece apparently describing "the Shinta's spiritual journey from an oneiric state to a frightened reality". That may or may not mean anything to you - either way, it's easy to hear the emotion and the heartfelt sincerity in each song.

So far it sounds like pleasing prog rock - but you might find Gabriele Toralbo's vocals take some getting used to. His voice has a good timbre and he displays good range, but the technique and particularly the pitch control cause the singing to sound strained in patches and may not find universal appeal. Occasional passages feature male vocals going into an operatic falsetto - which works surprisingly well. The elegant keyboard lines are prominent in the song structures and the drums are well played but very prominent in the mix. The guitar solos are rare but pleasing - and the short bridges in "Les Mystères du Château Hanté" and "Daybreak" hint at a capability that ought to be exploited more.

"Daybreak" has the Italians singing a few moments of native-American chanting, and is generally one of the more pleasing pieces. "Les Mystères du Château Hanté" is a pleasing 9-minute classically influenced piece split into four parts that develops and changes constantly, although it ends rather abruptly. "Abitta Funky" is certainly funky - and the heavily accented Italian rap is thankfully short.

It's probably a safe bet that as these guys mature into the style they're developing for themselves, there will be some top-level Italian prog. Bright Horizon's music sounds rich and full and the band certainly doesn't sound like a trio, and their song structures are imaginative and show flares of sophistication and creativity beyond most debut releases. Besides - this first full-length CD is a self-funded project, and with its endearing quirkiness and good song structures, it deserves your support.

Track listing:
1. Libertango (2:49)
2. Burning Hope (3:58)
3. Daybreak (6:08)
4. The Shade of the Hill (6:19)
5. Les Mystères du Château hanté (9:16)
(i) Echoes of the Past
(ii) The Path
(iii) Imprinting
(iv) The Answer
6. Illusion Meets Reality (3:21)
7. Abitta Funky (3:17)
8. Discophobia (3:06)
9. Opposite symmetry (4:39)

Added: October 25th 2005
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: Bright Horizon's Web Site
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Language: english

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Bright Horizon: Oneiric Reality
Posted by IProg on 2007-01-21 06:30:27
My Score:

To be an homemade Cd, I think it's a great product. I like all the songs,mostly the cover Libertango, the second track Burning hope and the long suite.Highly recommended

Bright Horizon: Oneiric Reality
Posted by A BH friend! on 2005-10-25 03:53:12
My Score:

I love this Cd!

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