Somnambulist

The Paranormal Humidor

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Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if King Crimson and Yes joined forces and played death metal? Well, as unusual as that scenario sounds, the first moments of this album do a great job of answering that musical question. The album is the second for the group, its first self-titled album coming five years and two lineups ago. It shows a band that can firmly tackle the rigors of classic-era progressive rock and infuse it with stylings from musical worlds away. The classic progressive rock sounds are truly far more prevalent on the album than the other sounds (like death metal and industrial), but it is quite impressive and unique for those elements to be present at all. Adding to this disparity of influences is the fact that the progressive bands that seem to have influenced the group are those of the '70s era (King Crimson, Yes, and Genesis) -- bands that were less open to those hard rock influences. However, perhaps most impressive is the fact that, even with such a groundbreaking melding of sounds, the Tennessee-based Somnambulist pulls it off remarkably well, and the songs flow quite easily. This album should really be a treat for open-minded prog fans.

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