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Excellent debut from this Venezuelan band. Echoes skirts the edge between progressive rock and metal. Clearly Dream Theater (and Rush to some degree) are an influence but the music isn't as heavy as most progressive metal bands. There are some great atmospheric parts that have more of a prog rock vibe. There are a number of guest vocalists that contribute to the album and they are all quite good. I'm surprised there isn't more of a latin influence going on - these guys could pass for a US band. I can see this easily appealing to fans of both prog rock and prog metal. Highly recommended.

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Here's a candidate for album of the year..... from Venezuela, no less. Truly stunning and complex compositions that are just swimming in great melodic ideas. And, boy, can these guys play. The vocals are top notch courtesy of a number of guest singers who all speak English very well. Very, very highly recommended. Leyth
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Agree with fellow reviewer, Leyth...Good album..Sits more comfortably at the heavier end of Prog rock than Prog metal..but should keep most fans of each genre happy. Good musicianship, good vocals and good compositions...Highly recommended.
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So far my favorite cd of 2010. The vocals on 'Leaf Motif' really blow me away. 'Lullaby' and 'Bonfires' are some really great, powerful, emotional instrumentals. Reminds me of a mix of Riverside/Dreamscape/Dali's Dillema. A+
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A very refreshing release here. Very powerfull stuff going on here. All the elements are top notch, Vocals, And all intruments,, Good touch on the Sax on ""Winds of Dread""B.Ricci
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Here's a candidate for album of the year..... from Venezuela, no less. Truly stunning and complex compositions that are just swimming in great melodic ideas. And, boy, can these guys play. The vocals are top notch courtesy of a number of guest singers who all speak English very well. Very, very highly recommended. Leyth
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Agree with fellow reviewer, Leyth...Good album..Sits more comfortably at the heavier end of Prog rock than Prog metal..but should keep most fans of each genre happy. Good musicianship, good vocals and good compositions...Highly recommended.
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So far my favorite cd of 2010. The vocals on 'Leaf Motif' really blow me away. 'Lullaby' and 'Bonfires' are some really great, powerful, emotional instrumentals. Reminds me of a mix of Riverside/Dreamscape/Dali's Dillema. A+
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:00
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A very refreshing release here. Very powerfull stuff going on here. All the elements are top notch, Vocals, And all intruments,, Good touch on the Sax on ""Winds of Dread""B.Ricci
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