Released: Sep 2011
Label: Roadrunner Records
The Swedish progressive metal band's first album since 2008, and the last to feature keyboard player Per Wiberg, opens with a plaintive solo piano piece courtesy of Wiberg before launching into "The Devil's Orchard," which may as well have been written by Yes at the very height of their powers. That's a good thing. The similarities with classic Yes continue through "I Feel the Dark." In an era when all rock music essentially is run through Pro-Tools and made soulless, these highly intelligent beings have put out a record as alive as anything released in the '70s -- another good thing.