Progressive Metal isn’t a genre that I particularly enjoy. I only really like two bands in the genre: Hammers of Misfortune and Anvil Chorus (both Bay Area bands that fucking kill live). One of the many reasons I don’t like Progressive Metal is that the songs are long, meandering and overly complex. Beyond the Bridge is that in spades. Musically, this doesn’t suck, but I can’t say that I like it either. The problem is that it requires too much attention. When I listen to music, I don’t want to analyze the structures to death, trying to figure out what they’re doing. This is essentially an album for people who listen to music for the technical aspect. Yes, the production is great. The musical structures are complex and interesting. The playing is technically flawless. My problem with this album is that I don’t care enough about those things to make an otherwise long, meandering and overly complex album worth listening to. If you love Dream Theater or Fates Warning, you might get a kick out of Beyond the Bridge, too. If you’re not a musician who listens to albums for technicality and nuanced structures, you’re going to be bored out of your fucking mind in no time at all.
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