Tastes Like Rock Magazine

Reason - The Deception of Dreams

Melodic Metal/Rock/Prog

Skyrocket Records

Posted 3/1/15 - 11:54 AM ET

Tastes Like Rock - Reason- Deception of Dreams Review
Tastes Like Rock - Reason- Deception of Dreams Review

Prog rock with melodic overtones from UK based Reason is some of the best progressive rock/metal that's has come in the door at TLR in the last year or so. It is without a doubt prog, but not over the top and focusing mostly on guitar play; say like Dragonforce does sometimes (though I admit I do like some of their better songs). Reason is well rounded prog metal and their compositions showcase that very well, each instrument is given attention and has a fully realized place in each song, where a lot of other prog metal acts focus on guitar virtuosity above anything else and ending up more like shred metal than what they say is their aim. The vocals are well done in Reason's song as well, again they are fully realized and are a perfect blend of 80s heavy metal and modern rock. Powerful but not screaming or death grunts, Paul Maces voice is an excellent counterpoint to the instruments' intensity without overtaking them or being overwhelmed by the sound either.

Pacing is pretty standard for the eight song album, for a prog metal affair. Some songs under five minutes, others closer to eight or nine. It never feels like a drag on time listening to the album though, and some songs would be perfect background music for a superhero/super villain slugfest. Actually, this reviewer's first listen to The Deception of Dreams was while playing the only Facebook game I indulge in; Marvel's Avengers Alliance, and it was a damn fine soundtrack to the couple of levels I played through!

Track List:

  1. Synchronised
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Fire Eternal
  4. Heartless
  5. September Child
  6. Nothing
  7. Revelation
  8. Star Crossed

Choice cuts are "Synchronised", "Fire Eternal", and "Nothing".

Reason gets a 4.5 out of 5 for The Deception of Dreams.

Reason is Paul Mace on Lead Vocals; Chris Gyngell on Guitar; Gil Hird on Keyboards; and Graham Corbett on Bass. For more from Reason visit www.reason-official.com.

- Michael Meade