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A Great Divide

SuspyreAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nightmare Records
  • ASIN: B000NJM6G4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SUSPYRE's music has a wide range of influences and members with distinct personalities that make up the band's sound. All have a common interest in metal, while jazz and classical are also at the top of their lists. SUSPYRE's current goal is to push the musical boundaries even further by creating a fusion of the best music to date and then attempting to add new life to it. It all started in the summer of 2001 with a jam session at former drummer Chris Myers' house with guitarists Gregg Rossetti and Rich Skibinsky. In 2002 some recordings of the songs "I See", "Perfect, and "Father of Hater" were done, but never actually completed. SUSPYRE'S first show was May 31st, 2003 when bassist Kirk Schwenkler joined the band. Direction of music shifted and member replacements happend to suit the new direction of this new born band. October 24th, 2005 marks the bands debut release "THE SILVERY IMAGE" independently, due to the overwhelmingly great response SUSPYRE garnered with press and progressive metal fans, Nightmare records quickly offered the band a deal long before their follow up album A GREAT DIVIDE was complete. Now here for all to enjoy is SUSPYRE's new offering, A GREAT DIVIDE, this album is more diverse in every sense of the word: Long pieces vs. short pieces, strainght forward rhythms vs. superimposing odd meters, microtonal clusters and just intonation vs. 12TET. Balancing heavy riffs, lush orchestral parts and classic prog, tastefullydone with panash.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Suspyre's first album, The Silvery Mist, although good, didn't adequately prepare me for the sonic onslaught that awaited me in their new release, A Great Divide.

How many times can I type "Wow" before someone slaps me?

Everything about A Great Divide smacks of excellence -- from the pristine production to the packaging (Nightmare Records devotes as much TLC to its packaging as their artists do to their music) to the instrumentation to the vocals to the lyrics. This is as close to a perfect album as anyone is likely to get, folks.

This isn't just prog metal. Not by a long shot. This is well-crafted music that spans, perhaps even defies, genres. Sure, A Great Divide features fat riffs, speedy time signatures, and screaming solos. But where some prog metal bands lose me is in their inability to craft actual *songs*.

Not Suspyre. A Great Divide sounds like a cross between the best jazz-rock fusion of the Seventies (the short instrumental break around 6:00 into of the 9-minute "The Singer" is fusion all the way) with the technical virtuosity of Dream Theater and the sheer chutzpa of King Crimson. Oh, and the lush orchestration. Can't forget that. If there's one thing that gets me every time it's combining acoustic instruments (especially piano and acoustic guitar) with the roar of electric ones. Such balance showcases talent, whereas a constant barrage of sound merely bores me, no matter how well-played it may be.

A Great Divide features truly insane noodling, but the enchanting melodies of such songs as "Galactic Backward Movements" are glorious in their own right. They give my mind a rest, and a vehicle in which to travel along with the musicians. It's a journey I enjoy taking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspyre slays traditional prog metal April 2, 2007
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I first heard of this band when they were posting their demo songs on garageband. From that point on, I knew it was only a matter of time before they got a record deal and started producing high class prog metal. Their first album was more a combination of power metal mixed with progressive and classical elements. A Great Divide is a much different album yet is still recognizable as Suspyre. The songs are longer, more technical, more diverse, and more dramatic. Barton's lyrical content has become more abstract, matching the music's complexity and forcing the listener to think. One amazing thing I have noticed is this: Reading the lyrics without the music is very confusing, but in the context of the melodies and music composed by Rosetti and Skibinsky, it beautifully articulates the passionate emotions flowing through this cd.

The production is fantastic. Absolutely nothing to complain about. All instruments are clear and mixed properly. The guitar tone is heavy, comparable tone to Opeth's Ghost Reveries. The piano and orchestral accompanyment sounds authentic and you'd never know the difference if you didn't read the booklet and see that they didn't hire an orchestra!

This music is immensely creative and is full of pleasantly unexpected surprises. Jazz elements are fused with modern classical approaches which yields very intesting arrangements. This is the kind of album which other bands are going to be emulating and will soon be the father of a new genre in metal.

For anyone who is tired of the same formulaic "progressive" music and is aware that "formulaic progressive music" is an oxymoron, I urge you to give this band a listen and discover the true meaning of "progressive".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 2, 2007
By a7x1337
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the five albums of 07 that I was REALLY looking forward to. My expectations for the album were perhaps unrealistically high. After all, I was expecting not just the greatness that was A Silvery Image, but I was expecting more. I actually sometimes wish my expectations were lower for albums, because it helps me enjoy them more.

However, The Great Divide (Suspyre's record label debut) did not disappoint me. It has gotten better each time I've listened to it, definitely, but the first listen was not a letdown as it so often is. When I got it in the mail yesterday, I listened to it in its duration straight through. It was like the old days where a kid would pick up a record and just listen to it - usually I multitask and play a game or something while listening to my music. But I wouldn't and couldn't for this. It was breathtaking (fitting, given the name of the band!) in its complexity and sheer beauty. During the second opus, I literally found myself saying 'This is beatiful!" For many metal bands, beautiful is not necessarily a compliment. But Suspyre is so much more than just a metal band. They are a progressive metal band with fusions of classical and jazz.

Each song has its own personality, and having only listened to the disc three times thus far, I have yet to truely understand each song fully. That is part of what makes a band like this so exciting - they bring such a fresh, creative approach to music that you can't just listen once or twice to understand or fully appreciate each song.

Some of my favorite things about the album include the bold 10 minute instrumental ("Galactic Backward Movements") the choral parts (which are IMMENSELY superior to those of the first album), and the acoustic bit on "Resolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Peter Kupferschmid
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Symphonic Prog-Metal
While this album doesn't quite reach the incredible heights that "When Time Fades" (their next album) does, this is an outstanding effort. Read more
Published on October 28, 2010 by Label
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
When Time FadesThe Silvery Image
See my review of Suspyre's "When Time Fades". The CD's all come from the same cookie cutter, just with a slightly different shape.
Published on September 27, 2010 by Mentaljack
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty dull
Any influence in jazz is *extremely* overrated. Don't let that first line in the review trick you.

A Great Divide includes your typically cheesy heavy metal guitar... Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Diamond in the Rough
I have been browsing for new bands to listen to for months. I am a fan of progressive music; whether it be rock, metal or a heinz 57 of genres smashed together to form a... Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by Nate
3.0 out of 5 stars Overdone
This is good power metal but it becomes a bit boring in places. Not because they perform the same chords over and over because they don't. Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by Barbara Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Metal's Tubular Bells
Highly talented music students deliver progressive metal at its technical extreme. Everything can be found here including classical, jazz, strings, orchestration, and even tenor... Read more
Published on March 16, 2008 by Lane R. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Plays like a double-album.
This is a very good Progressive Metal album loaded with intricate arrangements and interesting ideas. Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by D. Knouse
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Symphony X fans
I heard about this from a review off blabbermouth. I've given this a few spins and it's really, really good stuff. If you're into Symphony X at all, give this a whirl... Read more
Published on June 27, 2007 by Diggedy1
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspyre does it again.
The first Suspyre CD was one of my favorites at the time of it's release and they have managed to follow it up with an equally impressive release. Read more
Published on April 24, 2007 by Robert Ramirez
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The two songs I've heard from this album are amazing! It's quite possible that this band have no equals except for Symphony X.
Mar 19, 2007 by H. Freitag |  See all 3 posts
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