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Touch In The Dark
December 2004
Released: 2004, Transmission
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP

Transmission is synonymous with quality and quality bands (that all seem to start with the letter ‘A’) such as Aina, Ayreon, After Forever and so on. Asrai is no exception as they are another entry in the labels signature genre style, namely progressive, melodic, gothic and symphonic metal. The caliber of talent is very high to compete in this game but Asrai seem to pull it off. Transmission spared no expense on this five-piece providing amazing production, a very gorgeous package and the tools to make great music. The band keep up their end of the deal by giving back ten catchy songs with good arrangements, good tempos and tones, dark and appealing, but not extreme or evil. The almost obligatory female vocals are superb and the crunchy guitar mixed with smooth keyboards give the songs the metallic kick they need. Some cynics might say ‘just another clone’ but I like this style and the band do it well so they get my vote.
Track Listing

1. In Front Of Me
2. Pale Light
3. Whisper
4. Restless
5. Touch In The Dark
6. Tower
7. Dream
8. Child
9. Garden
10. Shadows


Margriet Mol-Vocals
Rik Janssen-Guitar
Martin Kooy-Bass
Manon Van Der Hidde-Keybaords, violin
Karin Mol-Drums



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