Better than four years have passed and personnel has changed, but Germany's Alias Eye return with their fourth album, In Between. The title might be apropos as the music successfully weaves the tight melodies of the first album, Field of Names with the heaviness of In Focus.
In Between is definitely prog rock, but it sounds often like a traditional rock album. Certainly Indentured Pride offers this sound: big riffs, and strong lead guitar. Not quite as blistering, but definitely having a rock groove is the rambunctious All The Rage. Take What's Mine is another that antes up some big guitar licks, alongside some early Supertramp swirling keys.
But Alias Eye can be equally soulful as on the melancholy Stars Shall Fall. And produce a lighter side driven by piano on Distant Memories. Yet for pure classic prog the signature piece is on that Alias did not write. They cover seminal UK prog band Beggars Opera's Time Machine in a grand style. Alias Eye's vocalist Philip Griffiths is joined by his father, Martin, one of the original members of Beggars Opera.
With little doubt, In Between finds Alias Eye in fine form, offering creative, entertaining, and sometimes a little edgy prog rock. Recommended.