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  • The band. The album. The song. This cd has it all. This is, in my mind, clearly the most perfect piece of music ever created. From the wonderfully unsettling first chord, this masterpiece descends through all depths of human emotion. Jim Matheos (guitarist, lyricist, songwriter) writes deep, thought provoking lyrics the likes of which are to be found nowhere else. The vocals are perfect. Ray Alder delivers a spectacular performance. While very skilled, trained, and able, Ray does not stick to the traditional operatic vocals featured by James LaBrie of Dream Theater. Ray has a wonderful style, able to use vibrato profusely and sparsely, depending on the situation. The vocal melodies on APSOG are some of the best ever written in my opinion. The drumming is by the amazing Mark Zonder. Wow! Apparently Mr. Zonder’s middle name is “Tasteful Yet Technical”… the drumming on APSOG ranges from minimalistic and quirky to intense and technical. However, Zonder is never in poor taste. Beautiful cymbal work and blazing fills are just part of why Mark Zonder is, in my opinion, progressive music’s finest drummer. The guitar parts range from syncopated rythm cords to beautiful acoustic solo pieces. If you are looking for a deep, introspective and thoughtful album, this is THE cd for you. If you are just getting into Fates Warning or progressive metal, this is THE cd for you. Clocking in at 53 minutes, “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray” is one continuous epic masterpiece written by virtuoso Jim Matheos… an awe inspiring and tremendously emotional piece. Rating: 100% – PERFECT –mark–

    Posted on November 18, 2009