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In Protomythos and "In Human Sight", Israeli composer Tom Treivish attempts a concept album on animal rights (a rather untypical theme for prog-rock albums) and scores pretty well in modern prog books.
"In Human Sight" is engulfed with personal feelings and expressions from the artist's own philosophy, covered in a "nu" prog veil. Low-tempo modern alternative prog and art rock structures are the basis for this album, which treads on some recipes of the 70's (Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd) but more so embraces contemporary expressions found in the works of Kevin Moore (first personal album and his albums with OSI) or Steven Wilson (personal works but also moments of Porcupine Tree).
With relatively simple (but not simplistic) song structures, Treivish conveys the message adequately, bringing forth a very emotional sound that does not fall into the trap of copy-paste, and is also delivered professionally. Where the album scores very well is the use of background clean guitars and pianos, providing an interesting ambiance (Gilmour-y at times) and the mix with electronica at times is quite successful. Unfortunately, the rather constant tempo does not help the album to create the peaks required to keep the interest at high level at all times and the ratio of ideas vs. total album time is not sufficient enough to make this an exceptional release.
The Akerfeldt-influenced vocal sections certainly add some colour to the album, which sees its highlights in the opening title track and "We Bleed for Real". Certainly an interesting proposal, "In Human Sight" leaves promise for the future and will appeal to fans of Chroma Key and Steven Wilson.