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Poverty's No Crime: Save My Soul
Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Four years is too long to wait for a new album from Poverty's No Crime. The respite has done them good. 'Save My Soul' is an excellent work from these seasoned purveyors of progressive metal. Unlike the latest releases by Symphony X and Dream Theater, 'Save My Soul' is less harsh and more melodic than either. Actually, it's more similar to Circus Maximus' 'Isolate,' yet still a bit heavier.

'Break The Spell' is one song that distills the essence of this new album. The vocals are harmonious, the keyboards wistful, and the guitars smooth and vibrant, but the foundation is persistently strong. There is no loss of imagination here after four years of absence. 'Key To Creativity' begins with an acoustic intro followed by Volker Walsemann's ethereal vocals (his influences include Pink Floyd especially David Gilmour). There's a near Pink Floyd quality to this song when Marco Ahrens' brings equally mysterious guitar renderings to the mix. Then there is 'Torture' which arrests you with it's heaviness from start to finish. However, within this density is true melody and a great guitar interlude.

Indeed, 'Save My Soul' brings Poverty's No Crime back from those good bands who are AWOL. It was worth the wait. This is a solid work with superb creativity and variety. 'Save My Soul' is a definite addition for all fans of progressive metal.

In Short

Indeed, 'Save My Soul' brings Poverty's No Crime back from those good bands who are AWOL. It was worth the wait. This is a solid work with superb creativity and variety. 'Save My Soul' is a definite addition for all fans of progressive metal.

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