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Tiles - Presents of Mind

Greger Rönnqvist Format: Album
Release date: 1999-06-29
Label: Magna Carta
Genre: Prog-Rock/Art Rock
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This is the third album from the four-piece US band Tiles, and it's almost as good as the previous album "Fence The Clear" from 1997. Still you can hear the reminiscences to Queensryche and Rush although they aren't that obvious any longer. Perhaps you could compare this album though with Queensryche's "Promised Land" and "Hear in the Now Frontier". The music is intricate progressive metal with good melodies and arrangements. The singer is really good and the guitarist is a real maestro. The highlights are the opener "Static", "The Learning Curve", "Ballad of the Sacred Cows", "Taking Control", "Safe Procedures" and the last track "Reasonable Doubt" that contains violin played by Discipline's Matthew Parmenter. As said in the press info "the lyrics focus on how the human mind adapts to the many different and changing situations life presents". The cover artwork that is displaying the music very well is made by Hugh Syme, known for his work with Aerosmith, Arena, Fates Warning, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Megadeth, Queensryche, Rush and Whitesnake among others. I recommend you to buy this CD immediately.

Tracklisting 1. Static
2. Modification
3. Crossing Swords
4. Facing Failure
5. The Learning Curve
6. Ballad of the Sacred Cows
7. The Sandtrap Jig
8. Taking Control
9. Safe Procedures
10. Reasonable Doubt
11. Patterns (Live)
12. Token Pledge (Live)


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