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PERSONA NON GRATA
SHADE IN THE LIGHT
SENSORY

Greek progressive metal troupe Persona Non Grata glide along the familiar melodic path tread by bands like Edguy and Circus Maximus while traces of the moodiness of early Queensryche and Fates Warning lurk about on their 10-track offering SHADE IN THE LIGHT. This quintet's reliance on composition dramatics rather than instrumental acrobatics helps this unit make a durable batch of songs that permit the group's standout soaring vocal over dominant walls of keyboard charge to confidently lead through the light and dark hues of the prog metal prism. Stamping songs like "Stillness" and "Longing" with a chilling aura while naturally crunchy riffs ("Dual Unity") drive a spike through the heart during heavier tunes, this act's atmospheric delivery cuts out genre excess down to bare essential so things like tasty solos can shine ("Before the Reason"). Containing its fair share of punchy musical interplay while exhibiting an reverence for the edge, this disc will appease those who like to stick close to the gameplan.
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