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Solid and interesting Prog Metal adventure.

Although formed in 2006, Vicinity (hailing from Norway) has only now released its first full-length album, entitled 'Awakening'. The band plays Progressive Metal focussing on long and complex tracks (the album contains six tracks of an average length of nine minutes).

All songs are well orchestrated with some lavish keyboards in the background leaving a lot of space in the mix for the tuneful Neo-Classical guitar musings. The vocals come over well, contending with the percussive heavy sound and of course the vocal range and length of the songs themselves. For example, 'Opportunities Lost' contains countless different passages and changes of melody and tempo, with literally only the drums holding the overall song together. Of course, this style of song writing allows multiple instrumental passages and this opportunity for extravagant guitar soloing is not missed.

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Although all songs are on message for a Prog Metal sound, there is a bit of variety with the slower 'Across The River' and the more Industrial Metal sound of 'Walk All The Way' with a very Slash-sounding guitar solo.

All in all, this album can hold its head up high as being a solid and interesting Prog Metal adventure.

Rob McKenzie

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