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Spheric Universe Experience: Unreal

Spheric Universe Experience : Unreal

Progressive Metal
Rating: 3.75/5.0

On Spheric Universe Experience's Myspace page, they list Dream Theater as one of there influences. This influence is clearly present in their 2009 release of Unreal. Building on the success of 'Anima', this album continues SUE's progressive style. The band is very metal in nature but incorporate electronica elements into their songs. These components sound very natural in the overall image of the album. Drum work also deserves mention as it is excellent throughout the entire album, particularly in the drum solo within the instrumental piece, 'O.B.E.'.

Upon first listen, Unreal is very symphonic, especially 'Lost Ghost' and the instrumental interlude, 'Near Death Experience.' Both songs are very well put together. The band is also unafraid to explore new and interesting lyrical ideas, such as in 'Lakeside Park.' The main downfall of 'Unreal' however, is the riffs. Every songs' main riff sounds much too similar. This creates a repetitive feel which detracts from the symphonic experience the album should be. Each song by itself, is fantastic, but as a whole album, is lacking.

Spheric Universe Experience's incorporation of different elements, such as electronica, gives Unreal a refreshing progressive sound. However, a change up between sounds to offer a bit more variety would have been much preferred.

In Short

Each song by itself, is fantastic, but as a whole Unreal is lacking. Spheric Universe Experience's incorporation of different elements, such as electronica, gives the album a refreshing progressive sound. However, a change up between sounds to offer a bit more variety would have been much preferred.

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