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Submitted by Johan Wippsson on 2003-03-20
Progressive rock meets Modern rock

It?s a brilliant idea, really, and one that seems to be passed over amongst the bands toiling away for a sound they could call their own: combine progressive metal with modern rock.
Boston musicologists EVENT boldly go to this surprisingly virgin terrain and a glimpse into the band?s groove-laden experimentation once they arrive is documented on the band?s rippling, rhythmic new record Scratching At The Surface. Three albums in for these Berklee rockers and the sound has morphed. Not precipitously since the critical barnstormer that was ?01?s Human Condition, but yeah, tons since Electric Skies from ?97, back when the band still had patience and enthusiasm for traditional progressive metal and all its trappings.
Scratching At The Surface is no less than a revolution, an upheaval at what you might expect from a band rooted in the American prog traditions of Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Queensryche. Quite simply, the band sincerely believe they are making commercial music, that under, over and through the back door, will still amaze shredders of drums and wires. Fact is, both fans of Meshuggah and Porcupine Tree - and perhaps even those of Nuno Bettencourt, Gary Cherone and King?s X ? will find sensuous, sumptuous soul and space with which to let the mind play free.

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