MUSIC STATION: Shaping CD a la DREAM THEATER “Images And Words”. Check samples


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MUSIC STATION play lively Prog Rock, a la DREAM THEATER in their Images And Words period and also RUSH and SPOCKâS BEARD. The singer sings like James LaBrie. There are plenty ingenious solos to listen to, but they are more song-oriented. All ten songs are very good and we can highly recommend this record. The short Intro (1) is the only track on the album that doesn’t contain vocals at all and is somewhat of a Classical Music-like suite for piano. Not counting a few episodes consisting of amazingly original and inventive interplay between passages and solos of acoustic guitar and passages of piano performed both separately and in the context of the band’s joint arrangements (and these, by the way, are among the central hallmarks of each of the songs here), the album’s title track (2) sounds much like the classic Dream Theater songs. While the complexity, diversity, virtuosity, epic forms, and large-scaled instrumental arrangements typical for this genre are lasting throughout the album, all of the following songs on it, starting with After Twilight (3), are not only almost free of direct influences, but also shine with some unique musical finds. The stylistics is also changed, as well as most of the compositional and performance (and, thus, structural) aspects of music. Having showed that they’re able to play as virtuosi as the most influential contemporary Prog-Metal band, Music Station left that ‘orbit’ and moved towards the less beaten roads of musical space. The predominant stylistics of the album is a triple alliance of guitar Art-Rock, symphonic Art-Rock, and Prog-Metal, but while the first two constituents of the style are present on each of the songs in pure form, too, the latter is always mixed with one of the others. As it is, this trinity is presented on After Twilight, Home, Past, Alone, Painting Souls, and Gamble Away (3 to 7 & 10), though the first of these features also elements of Jazz-Fusion, and the following one those of Cathedral Metal. The instrumental arrangements on Inside (8) are much in the same style as those on the said six songs, but although there are only a few of the vocal parts here, they’re clearly Doomy in character. Pavlin Menev is a wonderful chameleon vocalist singing equally impressive in a romantic and dramatic key. With his voice, Pavlin is able to cover no less than four octaves, and the vocal palette of the album is just amazingly diverse. I have especially liked his high-pitched and very touching singing on After Twilight, which is the ‘vocal’ counterpart of Inside. The remaining track: Night Dreams (9) is an excellent classical guitar-based piece with some vocals.

01 Intro – Shaping 1
02 Shaping – Shaping 2
03 After Twilight – Shaping 3
04 Home
05 Past
06 Alone
07 Painting Souls
08 Inside
09 Night Dreams
10 Gamble Away

Playing time: 59:07


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