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Three: The End is Begun

There's a reason that Three were picked to open up for bands like Porcupine Tree and Cohead & Cambria. Despite the fact that this Woostock, New York band resides on Metal Blade Records, they are squarely a prog outfit at heart with a penchant for pop music. The End is Begun follows Wake Pig, and continues the band's development as far as creating catchy, melodic songs littered with atmosphere, symphonic soundcapes, and hard rock guitars. Shades of Rush, Muse, Angel, Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree, Coheed & Cambria, Ambrosia, The Beatles, and perhaps Echolyn, can be heard throughout The End is Begun. While the majority of the band contributes backing vocals, giving these songs a very rich sound, it's the expressive voice of Joey Eppard who really shines throughout this CD. His soaring pipes propel tunes like "Bleeding Me Home" and "My Divided Falling", and his knack for an almost Brit-pop delivery really shines on the lovely "Shadow Play". While Three are essentially a prog band, don't expect lots of instrumental interplay or solos-these guys are more about the songs, which are steeped in rich textures of electric and acoustic guitars, synths, bass, and drums. The tightness of the arrangements and synergy between the players though is top notch. Occasionally they rock out a little, like on "These Iron Bones", "Battle Cry", and "Diamon in the Crush", but there's nothing remotely metal here. End result is a very strong poppy prock rock album that should appeal to a wide variety of listeners and continue to grow Three's fanbase.

Track Listing
1. The Word Is Born Of Flame
2. The End Is Begun
3. Battle Cry
4. All That Remains
5. My Divided Falling
6. Serpents In Disguise
7. Been To The Future
8. Bleeding Me Home
9. Live Entertainment
10. Diamond In The Crush
11. Shadow Play
12. These Iron Bones
13. The Last Day

Added: December 11th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Three: The End is Begun
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-12-11 21:01:08
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As long as bands like Coheed and Cambria, A.C.T. and The Mars Volta continue to blur the perceived boundaries of progressive metal, bands like Three are sure to find a thriving and adventurous musical environment in which to stake a claim. From heavy riffing mixed with acoustic guitars (the title track), mellow psychedelic amusement ("Shadow Play"), bass-heavy grooves ("My Divided Falling"), symphonic majesty ("All That Remains") and catchy AOR ("Live Entertainment"), this New York-based quintet -- not a trio, oddly enough -- incorporates all sorts of genres into The End Is Begun, which is a vast improvement over the band's last album, Wake Pig. Part of what gives Three its universal appeal is vocalist Joey Eppard, whose clean vocals occasionally border on sweet and climb into the higher registers without sounding forced or phony. You want to believe every word he sings -- even if the dismally titled album is full of sad and troubling lyrics. Somehow, though, Three makes it a pleasurable listening experience.

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