album from Office of Strategic Influence, the band put together
by Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex-Dream Theater) and Jim Matheos (Fates
Warning) with 2 leading progressive metal personalities in Mike Portnoy
(Dream Theater) and Joey Vera (Fates Warning) appearing as guest
musicians on this album, just like on their first one. And with such a
prominent constellation one might expect big things...
this album simply doesn't cut it! Much like Kevin Moore's Chroma Key
albums, this is a boring pointless collection of uninspired atmospheric
songs. Sure there are one or two cool ideas, but for most parts it just
bores me... I'll give them one thing; this album is a lot more song orientated
than their first one (which I still like a lot).
is a good song, even though I don't like Kevin Moore's vocals particular
much - this song creates a nice atmosphere with its simple guitar
structure and bass-lines. They are creating big soundscapes
of ambient sounds, but for most parts, there really arenít much going
on at all... "Simple Life" is the other highlight for me on
this album, with its very strong middle part, cool guitars!
Sad, but true this album is dreadfully boring, and I
can only strongly recommend that you listen careful before buying this