|Track by Track Review
|Beaty and the Beast|
A tolling bell begins this cut, making this reviewer at least expect to hear the guitar chording of AC/DC's "Hell's Bells". However, a haunting keybard segment with whispy, ghostlike vocals is the intro that actually follows these particular bells. As the guitars come in, the cut changeds gear, becoming a proggy sort of '80's rock mode, a bit like bands like Quarterflash and Art In America. This is a good cut and features a strong instrumental break. It ends with bells and a vocal workout that is very distant.
|From Ignorance To Ecstasy|
A James Bond music oriented texture makes up this cut in a piano and vocal arrangement. As the other instruments join, it is in a prog ballady type mode. This one features a very tasty guirar solo as part of a killer instrumental break. This is a very dramatic piece.
This is faster paced prog with a definite '80's sort of texture to the sounds of the keyboards. The ending segments of this one are particularly strong.
|Horizons in Your Eyes|
Nicely intricate piano work, coupled with Hitching's vocals, make up the intro to this one. As the rest of the instruments enter, a fairly stripped down progish mode takes the cut. This one features a wonderful acoustic guitar solo. The mode becomes more lushly arranged as the cut carries on. It also includes a dynamite electric solo and nicely evocative and dramatic ending.
|I The Judgement|
A dramatic and emotional keys and vocal segment, at times this one feels a bit like something from Marillion's "Misplaced Childhood" Cd. The cut begins buiding and the intensity jumps up, getting very strong. This one has a considerably dark texture, but a jazzy more light section serves as an interlude. "My house was a house of misconception, built on lies and self deceit, In spite of all my good intentions now rubble at my feet".
|II Living With My Dreams|
A sparsely arranged prog segment with a martial sort of percussive texture begins this movement. The mode begins building up from there, in dramatic and emotional form. This segment is another that feels a lot like old school Marillion at times. It jumps into a great off kilter sort of jam.
|III Walking Through Fire|
Building on earlier themes, this segment ends the cut in dramatic fashion.
|Everything I Am|
'80'sish rock textures in a progressive motif, this is a solid number.
|Hide and Seek|
This one is more mainstream based on prog elements.
|Behind the Scenes|
The intro on this one is rather playful, then a dramatic orchestral, almost stage-play oriented mode begins the song proper, fitting well with the lyrics. "When the play is over, So many different characters, I'm looking for a shoulder to cry on, Lost in the wings, no script to rely on." It becomes more dramatic and traditional progressive rock after a time, building on those same themes, and features a considerably dramatic outro.
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