"Fiction Edge 1 (Ascent)" (Galileo)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Forgotten Suns are a progressive rock band whose style of music combines the electronic movie scores of people like John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream, adds vocals that sound a bit like Geddy Lee, and then put the entire package together under one central theme.

The theme of "Fiction Edge 1" is a pretty big one - it's all about humankind, evolution and existence. The bandmembers seem to realize and to respect the hugeness of their subject - they make no bones about taking their time telling the story their way. Most of the tracks on this CD are of epic length, with one track, "A Journey," clocking in at 21:20.

What may turn some people off about this rather brilliant album, however, is that it doesn't play like a rock'n'roll record. Instead, it resembles more closely a Broadway cast album or movie soundtrack. Designed to tell a story rather than kick your ass with its rock'n'roll power, "Fiction Edge" is a CD to be slowly savored, not to bang one's head to.

Forgotten Suns: Linx - vocals, backing vocals, piano; Ricardo Falcao - guitars, backing vocals; Miguel Valadares - keyboards and synthesizers; Johnny - bass; Nuno Senica - drums and percussion.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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