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Syzygy "Realms of Eternity"
Syzygy "Realms of Eternity"

Fantastic new release from the band who brought us "The Allegory of Light". First I should say it is nice to see prog groups still tackling the "big" issues. Life & death. Right & wrong. What comes after life. Questions that remain unanswered, of course. But art should explore them at least as far as it can. "Realms of Eternity" is art. It attempts to address these issues at least obliquely and in the process produces art-rock of the highest order. From the opening notes of the first track "Darkfield" the listener is immediately aware that this is something different from their previous masterpiece "The Allegory of Light". The sonic landscape is immediately darker and more intense. The second track "Vanitas" is an energetic instrumental that sets up the next track perfectly. "Dreams", with its Gentle Giant-ish riffs and symphonic arrangements that put Spock's Beard in the correct perspective, is a great symphonic rock track that Yes would have been proud to have written. "Echoes Remain" is perhaps the closest the disc has yet to come to its predecessor with acoustic guitar & mellotron flutes + a guest female vocalist and almost Elizabethan melodies! "Dialectic" is probably the most amazing track on the disc. Masterful symphonic progressive rock with even a hint at fusion! Then comes the long suite of songs entitled "The Sea". This is definitely closer to what we would have expected as a follow-up to "The Allegory of Light". It starts off with some nice acoustic guitar that yields to a symphonic section with some nice electronic sounds. Next we get some more Yes-like symphonic music that gives way to a section that recalls the Jethro Tull of "Songs From the Wood" or "Heavy Horses" before arriving at the "Finale" with some astounding electric guitar work from Carl Baldassarre! The conclusion is that this is a monumental work of modern progressive symphonic rock - no less than we could have expected from the group that gave us "The Allegory of Light" in 2003! Highly recommended!!

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