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  • Being a huge fan of Dream Theater and Transatlantic, I thought I’d try out this new ’side-project’ from Mike Portnoy. Being that this band is headed by Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater, ChromaKey) I knew it would have some type of ambient sounds in the mix, but i was really surprised by this album!! From the very beginning I just heard a lot of ambient ‘techno’ noise, but then once it really began, the true masterpiece unleashed itself. This album is a totally different direction for Mike Portnoy, and I like it. It’s not the total instumental chops of LTE, or the old-school prog of Transatlantic. It’s ambience, and prog-metal blended together in a wonderful way. This album contains fantastic artistry, great guitar, and amazing drums(of course!). I see this album as a sort Tool-like piece (which is great, because Tool is one of my favorite bands!). If you are a fan of Tool, Dream Theater, or especially Chromakey this album should be an essential. New prog masterpiece! Great job Mike, Jim, and Kevin!

    Posted on January 27, 2010