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Divine In Sight - Sorrow Promise (2001), excellent US prog rock torrent
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This trio hails from the American Midwest and plays what they call "spiritual progressive rock", though the band is more often labelled as Christian Prog. Singer/guitarist Bartholomew Boge\'s lyrics do reflect a religious agenda, but that does not get in the way of this group\'s music, which is firmly in a traditional Prog rock vein.rnrnReminiscent of Rush with a metallic guitar sound from Boge, layered keys and some heavy bass from Jonathan Dexter, and Frank Ralls\' tight drums, the music has a martial quality with a Queen-like symphonism and aggression. It is balanced by a softer, spiritual side that runs throughout. This is displayed on their first self-released CD \'Sorrow & Promise\' (2001) and DIVINE IN SIGHT brings a romantic drama to the record that consists of an hour-long rock opera alternating between melodic heaviness and sentimental moments.rnrnTrack listing:rn01. Black River (12:45)rn02. By Leaps And Bounds (8:39)rn03. In A Box (4:39)rn04. Sorrow & Promise Overture (4:32)rn05. March Of The Damned (5:03)rn06. Waltz Of The Plastic Dolls (4:14)rn07. Viper\'s Brood (6:28)rn08. Sleep (8:07)rn09. Into The Abyss (7:40)rn10. Soul Of Music (2:43)rn11. Make Me More Like You (9:31)rnrnTotal time: 74:00rnrnMusicians:rnBartholomew Boge - guitars, vocalsrnJonathan Dexter - bass, keyboards, pedalsrnFrank Ralls - percussionrnrnAlbum review from www.progarchives.com:rn"DIVINE-IN-SIGHT are a trio who play some amazing music.The lead guitarist really brings to mind Alex Lifeson,while the bass player is like a cross between Geddy Lee and Chris Squire.The drumming is outstanding as well, great percussion.The only weak link are the vocals, although they actually are pretty good, but unfortunately they have been mixed to low in the sound.rnrnThese guys really bring to mind the "Hemispheres"/"Permanent Waves" period of RUSH. And not too unlike PINK FLOYD\'s "The Wall" there are an abundance of samples in this music. rnrn"Black River" opens with the sound of water, as keys come in followed by some fat bass lines and some wonderful guitar melodies. The guitar sounds so good. The vocals come in followed by the water flowing again. This is a melancholic passage. Things pick up a notch with more great bass,and there is some heaviness 8 minutes in. rnrn"By Leaps & Bounds" is an instrumental and my favourite song on this record. This song opens with a scripture and also closes with one. Again the bass is prominant. The guitar solo starts out lazy, evolving into an intense Lifeson like performance. Tempos continue to change and the ride is fantastic.rnrnThe band calls the next 9 songs "Sorrow & Promise" a Christian Progressive Rock Opera. It\'s based on a vision that one of the members of the band had. Oh,did i mention these guys are Christians? rnrn"In a Box" is a melancholic song that crawls slowly along blending into "Sorrow & Promise Overture" which features some guitar solos that remind me of SAVATAGE.rnrn"March of the Damned" is an ominous passage as you might imagine.rnrn"Waltz of the Plastic Dolls" has a waltz styled rhythm, and there is some good guitar work during the instrumental interlude. Again i was reminded of SAVATAGE.rnrn"Viper\'s Brood" opens with snakes hissing and this song is very RUSH sounding.rnrn"Sleep" is a mellow song with tasteful guitar melodies that are quite energetic as the bass plays on.rnrn"Into the Abyss" is one song where the vocals stand out. Lots of mood and tempo changes on this one.rnrn"Soul of Mine" has some ripping solos towards the end. Nice. I would have been happy if this is where it ended, but it doesn\'t.rnrn"Make Me More Like You" as the lyrics tell us, is where our subject wakes up from his sleep and he reflects on the vision he has had and prays to God. This song is the most Christian of all the songs and is necessary in the telling of this story. I just would have liked it to end on the previous song because of the way it ended instrumentally. rnrnThis is highly recommended music, that i\'m sure will pleasantly surprise you."rnrnBitrate: 320 kbpsrnDownload size: 170,32 MBrnTracker: Komodo VillagernrnFor more quality (prog)rock please visit www.komodoisland.net and www.komodovillage.com!