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On the whole, a most enjoyable album; not out-and-out Prog by any means, but one that has a gentler air to it.

Face the Day is essentially a one-man band, namely Martin Schuster, who, apart from some drums (Filip Kittnar) performs pretty much everything else and, with a biog that lists such bands as Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation and Riverside as both inspiration and influence, I was expecting a Modern Progressive record, full of guitars, keyboards and fractured rhythms, but I didn't really get all of that. What I did get was a band that hail from Prague, Czechoslovakia who've delivered a well-constructed album full of songs (yes songs!), something a lot of Prog acts seem to forget about.

Throughout the seven tracks on this album the quality stays fairly high and there is a very definite Steven Wilson/PT feel to things. From the opener 'Changes', with its rather rousing chorus and expansive arrangement, and clocking in at just under twelve minutes in length, there is time to really go to town on the atmospherics - a good start. This is quickly followed by 'Cross The Line', which is a statelier affair with a lovely, laconic approach and one that moves along rather gracefully. 'Losing The Anima (Phases 1&2)' are split by the track 'Circle', which is a little odd to me as they seem to bookend each other rather nicely and would have made more sense to put them together, but never mind, I'm just splitting hairs and both parts are fine examples of modern day Prog.

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Schuster's vocals are also worthy of a mention as he possesses some rich tones with a certain melancholic vibe to them too. The aforementioned 'Circle' is a lovely sparse piece of music that offers up a different aspect to proceedings. The final two songs, 'The Purpose' and 'Stillness Of The Sea', are both cut from the same cloth and again are well played with some really nice touches which showcase the ability of main man Schuster to come up with some memorable, emotive music.

On the whole, a most enjoyable album; not out-and-out Prog by any means, but one that has a gentler air to it. Fans of Wilson's more melodic offerings would do well to check this one out as there is more than a hint of the great man's music in here, but also there is enough of Schuster's own vision to make this quite appealing.

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