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Tales From the Soul

NovactAudio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B0007GAE5S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise August 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A great album with haunting melodies and smart lyrics awaits you if you give this new band a chance.

This is not your typical progressve rock/ metal album with traditional way of handling vocals/harmonies. The band really pushes the envelope in terms of showing how to write and play not so technically sophisticated, yet dark, catchy and even radio friendly songs incorporating some of that modern sound, while staying true to their progressive metal's roots.

Yes, the vocals take a little time (just a few spins) to get used to, but if you are patient enough, you will be rewarded as the singer will get under your skin with his emotional way of singing. He does have a unique style and it fits the music perfectly.

Highly recommended!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good prog- bad singing May 7, 2005
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
i agree with many of the reviews below- the singing actually made me laugh- good music anyway- BAD singing- I heard from a friend that I should consider picking this album up- but after hearing about 3 or 4 tracks on internet radio i just cant do it- i just cant! stay away
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is good! July 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I guess this is a a love it or hate it type of album but i am firmly in the LOVE IT group! This band has its own unique sound. Definitlely a dark metal type of prog music. I listened to the clips from the band's website first. These are strong songs. The band did a good job creating unique songs, they don't sound the same like some groups. What does this band sound like....Some Fates Warning, maybe some Queensryche thrown in but overall just good music that any fan of this genre should enjoy. Do not be fooled by these 1 star reviews, they are an injustice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAJESTIC! April 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
NovAct is a new prog metal band from Holland. The fact that they are on Sensory Records prompted me to check them out, since they only sign the most brilliant bands around. As other Dutch bands, including Ayreon, Lemur Voice and Sun Caged, NovAct is no exception when it comes to taking the prog community by storm with their debut release. This album is an excellent release and hopefully just the beginning of other great releases to come in the future.

Tales from the Soul (subtitled To Those Who Understand) immediately impresses with its huge, slick production with plenty of breathing space for the vocals and instruments to shine through. Handled by Everon members, it really enhances the already amazing music and elevates it to higher levels. First set of listens hint at certain Vanishing Point similarites, even though NovAct executes stronger yet less evident melodic sensibilities. Their songwriting is never too complex or over-the-top; on the contrary, it has almost a poppy feel in spots, but at the same time, the songs are loaded with indestructible melodies carefully hidden beneath the arrangements "to those who understand". Add Eddy Borremans to your favourite prog singers list; he defines the character of NovAct with his almost classic rock styled vocals that can smoothly transform into an aggressive style when necessary. I am vaguely reminded of three particular singers when I hear Borremans sing, not so in tone, but in phrasing and delivery. If you like Vanden Plas' Beyond Daylight masterpiece, upon hearing this disc, you will immediately identify with the Andy Kuntz-like singing, especially on the songs "Hope and Fear" and "Path of Daggers".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This gets better and better! May 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd one year ago. At first I thought it was just ok, but nothing special. After some time it started to find its way into my brain and ever since has been one of the very best cd's I've bought in a very long time. I still listen to it almost daily. The music is VERY powerful in a melodic way. The songs have a lot of "dark" energy. The music, the singing, the lyrics: all hang beautifully together. The music reminds me of Rush in the 1980's, but the vocals and the lyrics are unlike any other band. The lyrics are timely and intelligent, not the usual mythology or intractable hippie stuff. The singing is emotional and somehow full of anger and anxiety in a positive way! (well it's difficult to describe, you'll have to hear it yourself!).

If you like Symphony X, Arena, RPWL, Kino, Marillion, Rush, Nightwish, and other melodic prog/heavy, you'll LOVE this one! This is NOT Sharply Condemned (as some of the reviews seem to suggest) - this is Highly Recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great progressive rock ! May 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Just curious how great others liked this album of these dutch newcomers, I was very suprised to see some reviews with 1,5 stars for this jewel? Please try 'Eternal life' and judge yourself: great music, impressive solo and good singing. This song got me from the first time I downloaded it from their website and certainly does now I finally got the CD!
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