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Houston, TX based prog rockers Stride juxtapose the chops of Dream Theater with the vocal gymnastics of ‘80s bands like Styx and Journey on the nine-track IMAGINE. With a steady stream of keyboard and guitar virtuosity rabidly displayed throughout, this quintet’s musical prowess is undeniable, while the powerful melodic vocals found on “Alive” and “The Waiting” are reminiscent of a combination of Geoff Tate and Steve Perry. For the progressive metal fan with a soft spot for arena-shaking melodies, Stride delivers in spades.
- Mike SOS