The opening instrumental, Libertango , is one of those short, engaging and melodic pieces that Italian prog bands do so well, and it seems a promising beginning to the album - that is, until Gabriele Toralbo's vocals come in on the following track, Burning Hope. They're not bad, exactly, but with his thick accent, if it were not for the kind inclusion of lyrics in the CD booklet, they would be all but impossible to understand. To be fair, they do seem to get a little clearer when Mr. Toralbo gets into his higher range, but it seems a little bit of a shame to weigh down what is actually very good music with vocals that aren't quite up to par. The mellower sound and slowed tempo of Daybreak, the next track, seem to help with the vocals, too.
Not of the original 's band - I totally missed that era - but the modern incarnation. This project is in the same family with The Flower Kings, Karmkanic, and The Tangent because they have shared some of the same players and styles. I will make two observations about Lundin's music: One is his keyboard playing, which can be superficially described as Tony Banks playing with Derek Sherinian patches. The other thing about Lundin's music is, the songs seem to have been written mainly to frame the middle passages. Some might say there's too much stuff in the middle that breaks up the song, but to me, this is the area where Lundin really excels. Complex, beautiful and inspiring instrumental sections are one of the things that defines progressive rock and Lundin is inarguably in the global elite in this respect. Hans Lundin writes the majority of the songs here; Roine Stolt gets three co-writes.