Just a couple of weeks ago, Drifting Sun released their new album named Safe Asylum. And...what an album! Dear proggers, here you are!
Safe Alylum has a fantastic cover, made by A Russian artist as Pat told us, but I don’t remember the name to be honest. But in comparison with “Trip” this is better by far! As for the music, it is clear to me that the band tried to create something different this time, in comparison with their previous album. ‘Trip the Life Fantastic’ was somewhat lighter and more melodic of an album, with Pat’s piano being the leading instrument in most occasions. It included shorter compositions and more “catchy” melodies. Safe Asylum is darker, with longer and more complex compositions. Because of that, it needs a few more listening experiences in order to become appreciated. With every listening the album “grows” in you, and then it is very hard to leave it aside. There are some similarities with the previous album, like for example the beautiful melodic passages and the strong guitar riffs and solos.
Safe Asylum includes 8 tracks (plus 2 bonuses in the limited edition). Three of them were included in last year’s EP release under the name ‘Alice’. These 3 songs are: Alice, Vagabond and Emphasis.
I am not going to get into details and write about each song separately, but I will mention my most favourite songs, which are the following: "The Hidden Truth", "Intruder", "Desolation-Retribution", "Wonderland" and "Gods". The latter is the highlight of the album.
Although "Safe Asylum" is a rather different album in comparison with ‘Trip...’, it is equally good if not better. Definitely a very serious piece of work that deserves your attention!
Recommended to the fans of modern Progressive Rock, Neo-Prog and to all those who can appreciate a well-structured album, with beautiful melodies and strong emotions in it.
My Rating would be 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.