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The Observer

a Studio release
by
Artificial Language

Release Year: 2017

Date Label Catalog # Comments
28 Apr 2017 Self-Released Digital
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 4/8/2017 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 4/30/2017 6:12:00 AM by: Oleg
  1. Observer (1:49)
  2. The Grand Skeptic (3:32)
  3. These Aren't Mirages (3:35)
  4. Unself Portrait (3:49)
  5. The Silver Cord (4:07)
  6. Change (2:04)
  7. Playing The River (3:29)
  8. Dirty Hands (3:50)
  9. Fortune Teller (3:59)
  10. Mazes (4:02)
  11. Turn Off The Pictures (8:15)

Shay Lewis
Vocals


Victor Corral
Guitar


Charlie Robbins
Guitar


Joshua Riojas
Bass


Jonathon Simpson
Keyboards


Jeron Schapanksy
Drums

Reviewed by Marc on 12 Apr 2017


Artificial Language, with their new album The Observer, should easily find their place in the group of newer Prog Metal bands that incorporate some Pop sensibilities in their music. 

The Observer is a collection of mostly 3 to 4 minutes songs that, in good part, are on the intense side of the energy specter. Sure there are some lightning fast guitar solos, tidal waves of keyboards and power drumming, but Artificial Language also offers us some melodic instrumental sections, moving or catchy choruses and some very creative and interesting musicianship, without necessarily always having the gas pedal flat on the floor. Some of these songs could easily play on a classic hard rock radio station without shocking their listeners. This being said, in good part The Observer is a Metal record, much closer to albums by Haken or Dream Theater (circa Falling Into Infinity) than Def Leppard. For Prog fans the main course will be the 8 minutes nearly epic track ''Turn of the Pictures'',  that is clearly the most adventurous piece of the album.

The musicians skill level is very high and they certainly know how to write good songs. Lead singer Shay Lewis is one of the band's strongest asset. He pretty much sounds like a viril George Michael, with hints of James Labrie when he cranks it up, but to my liking he is a much better singer than Labrie.

Fans of the genre should really give Artificial Language a chance. You can use any of the links we put on their ProGGnosis artist page to check them out.

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