Release Date: 2003
Genre: Progressive/Alternative Rock
1. The Ring In Return (02:07)
2. In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 (08:13)
3. Cuts Marked In The March Of Men (05:01)
4. Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow) (05:09)
5. The Crowing (06:36)
6. Blood Red Summer (04:05)
7. The Camper Velourium I: Faint Of Hearts (05:21)
8. The Camper Velourium II: Backend Of Forever (05:23)
9. The Camper Velourium III: Al The Killer (04:15)
10. A Favor House Atlantic (03:55)
11. The Light & The Glass (09:39)
12. 21:13 (09:47)
Total Length: 01:09:30
The Ring In Return is a bit too plot-heavy intro for me, but the music is nice once it starts, referencing the band’s previous album. In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 has an amazing intro that builds wonderfully, though I feel like there is pretty much always a disconnect between the band’s lyrics and the music. Claudio is writing this epic story (at least in his mind) and the music can only rarely approach the level he wants it to be at. This song is quite good, but that disconnect is obvious. I will also say that this song has an odd bit where like the song Master Of Puppets, it didn’t need to break and come back into itself. The gang vocal part also sounds weak and childish.
Cuts Marked In The March Of Men has some neat ideas, but I just really can’t connect with it. There’s just nothing to the song for me. Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow) is a nice simple song with a non-simple title. The main riff is poppy and catchy and drives the song forward. It has a terrible ending though. The Crowing has some cool moments in it as well, but unfortunately it’s another song that doesn’t stick with me, it’s just kind of too busy and never hits me emotionally.
Blood Red Summer gets back on the right track thankfully with a pretty powerful chorus. The Camper Velourium is a trilogy of varying quality. Faint Of Hearts starts it off and is fairly solid, I can’t say anything too bad about it. Backend Of Forever has some cool guitar parts and a few neat vocal bits, but they still kind of fall flat at times. Al The Killer tries to be heavier I guess, but it does not work very well for me. To be frank, this band just feels weird to me. It never feels right.
A Favor House Atlantic is a shorter, more pop oriented song but for me it is entirely forgettable. They finally get around to doing something different with The Light & The Glass as they take a softer approach with a slow burn buildup. The song keeps going and gains more emotional traction until it reaches the end. I really enjoy the vocals and melodies throughout. The ending is also really nice, bringing back that theme from the opening track. 21:13 is a solid song as well, even if I don’t think it earns its length as well as the previous song. This album still bothers me and the overall tone is something I take issues with, but there are great moments on here.
Final Rating: 6/10