Suspended Animation Dreams (The End)
by Scott Hefflon
The End Records comes through again with some smart metal. For fans of Opeth and Anathema, or Pink Floyd fans who like some doom growl with their heavy guitar and meandering guitarwork, this clunkily-named band always pushes the envelope, diddling with prog without being puffy-haired wankers (always makes me chuckle how dated and formulaic prog is before I shut it off and sell the CD for a quarter). Some growl, some thunder, some delicate tinkering, and “Kind of a Blur,” which (aside from a few non-pop gooses to save face) could be a heartwarming closer to a mainstream movie. Sweeping Britpop melody, lush orchestration, choir fade out, the works. Perfect for anyone usually embarrassed by prog wank who requires more from their metal than circular groove and some dipshit yelling one note.