Album Review: Dream the Electric Sleep – Beneath the Dark Wide Sky

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzDream the Electric Sleep return with their third album Beneath the Dark Wide Sky following the highly acclaimed Heretics – an album which was commended for bridging the gap between modern prog and accessibility. However, here we see the American trio leaping over to the poppier side of nu-prog and burning this bridge behind them, ditching experimentation for a safe, arena rock record.

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Single review: Opeth – Sorceress

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After much anticipation and expectation following the announcement of Opeth‘s twelfth studio album, the band decided to quell our eagerness with the title track for Sorceress.

It all starts with a melody in objectively inferior 4/4, but it compensates by including a swing feel and being in Messiaen’s second mode of limited transposition. This gives it a somewhat jazzy feel, especially with the odd distortion on guitar or keyboard sound, and a certain ambiguity as to what the tonal centre is, which is great. It goes a lot of places, but ultimately goes nowhere, as everything it tried to create crumbles once the first actual riff begins, which is a mere chord-chug riff. Continue reading