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Reason
The Deception Of Dreams
February 2015
Released: 2015, Sky-Rocket Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Reason is a relatively new hard rock band out of Cheltenham, England; formed by long time friends Chris (guitar) and Paul (vocals). The band has one previous album to their credit, 2011’s THE DARKEST STAR, which I’ve not heard. When I received this album, based on the record’s Crimson Glory-ish cover art, I was expecting regal power metal, but what I got with THE DECEPTION OF DREAMS was quite different.



Indeed, as I mentioned at the outset of this review, Reason plys their trade in a much more hard rock vein. That said, the album cover does truly hint at the progressive flair in Reason’s music, the band doing what they can to stand out in a hard rock crowd. When they hit, as in “Fire Eternal”, the music is infectious, driving riffs, swirling keyboards, Paul Mace’s smooth vocals, and the oddly lo-fidelity production all combining into something special. Indeed, the first four songs on this album are so infectious that I was already thinking about this album for inclusion in my Top 20 of 2015 list! That may still be the case, we’ll find out in a year, but the remaining five songs will really have to grow on me to make that happen.



Starting with the ballad “September Child”, the album loses its momentum, and never quite regains it until the truly progressive finale, “Souldrift”. None of the remaining songs are bad, and the musicianship is impeccable throughout, but they just don’t grab my attention and keep me listening.



Ultimately, I come away from THE DECEPTION OF DREAMS really happy that in 2015 a band is still trying new ideas and working to create a sound of its own rather than simply following the established rules. Even if it doesn’t always work the way they may want, Reason’s delivered an extremely solid, enjoyable record that’s fully recommended to hard rock fans.
Track Listing

1. Synchronized (The Beating of Your Heart)
2. Sacrifice
3. Fire Eternal
4. Heartless
5. September Child
6. Nothing
7. Revelation
8. Star-Crossed
9. Souldrift

Lineup

Paul Mace: Vocals
Chris Gyngell: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gil Hird: Keyboards
Gray Corbett: Bass

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Reason
The Deception Of Dreams
August 2015
Released: 2015, Sky-Rocket Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Gloustershire, England’s Reason is back with its second full-length in THE DECEPTION OF DREAMS. Formed in 2009, I first heard the band on their 2014 EP BEYOND THE DARK HORIZON and I was immediately impressed. The new album continues where that EP left off, Reason possessing the ability to create melodic metal that is catchy with just a hint of progressive elements. The band has the rare quality of being able to create music that has the feel of gray skies, not mournful or deeply depressing, but instead reflective and wistful.



Paul Mace continues to be a weapon, his vocal style confident and soothing. He reminds me of Fish in many ways, the first singer for Marillion. The album opens with “Synchronized” and features a riff reminiscent of Rush’s “Dreamline” before transitioning into a melodic rocker. “Sacrifice” is a nice change of pace for the band, as they offer a more direct song with an ascending riff and a memorable chorus that courts AOR. “Fire Eternal” is one of the signature tracks from the album, with a Journey inspired intro and another strong chorus. “September Child” is a worthy semi-ballad that also briefly winks at Type O Negative with a few notes from the main melody of “September Sun”. It’s a nice touch.



Basically, THE DECEPTION OF DREAMS is an album with character and class from a band that plays some long songs that do not feel long, while simultaneously avoiding technical wankery. There are bits of everything, including gallops, keyboards, and fiery riffs all served up within the context of strong songs. Minor complaint would be thinness of the drums in the mix, but overall the production is decent. There is not much more to say. THE DECEPTION OF DREAMS is simply a damn fine album that should appeal to people that enjoy Marillion as well as melodic metal with progressive nuances
Track Listing

1. Synchronised
2. Sacrifice
3. Fire Eternal
4. Heartless
5. September Child
6. Nothing
7. Revelation
8. Star Crossed
9. Souldrift

Lineup

Paul Mace (Vocals)
Chris Gyngell (Guitars)
Graham Corbett (Bass)
John Townsend (Drums)
Gil Hird (Keyboards)


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