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LIBERTY'S EXILES


LIBERTY'S EXILES 

"The Price of Immortality"

By Dark Starr 

I like the mix of sounds here. It’s a bit raw, but also definitely progressive. There is psychedelia, space rock and more in the mix. The only problem is that there isn’t enough variety to keep it fresh throughout. Each song taken independently works well. When you try to spin the whole disc, though, it begins to become monolithic. 

“Another World” opens the set and there is a dark vibe here. This is moody and atmospheric in a lot of ways. It’s like psychedelia merged with modern prog and space rock. Although it’s very much a guitar dominated piece, the organ adds quite a bit. Rocking much harder, there is a lot of shoegaze built into “Under Their Laws.” It lands near heavy metal in some ways, too. It’s every bit as dark, though. Space rock and psychedelia are also present here. The fade down on this is a bit abrupt. 
Percussion starts “The Chemist.” The guitar brings it almost into metal territory. It drops down to a weird prog meets psychedelic groove for the vocals, though. The cut alternates between those two contrasting sections as it continues. In some ways there is an almost punk edge at times. Yet, it’s really built on a lot of space rock. Save for the lush keyboards over the top, “Saviours of the World” isn’t a huge change from the rest. Still, it is one of the more effective pieces. It does have another abrupt fade. 
Bass sounds start “Under Their Blood Red Skies.” Then we get a false stop and the drums bring in the song proper. Space rock and modern prog seem to merge with something a bit like The Cure. This is another intriguing cut, even if it’s not a massive departure. It’s one of my favorites here. The rhythm section takes it at the end. 
“Soulfire” starts kind of abruptly. It has a mellower motif with acoustic guitar sound in the mix. I can make out some modern Rush in some ways. This is more melodic, but it’s also powerful. It’s actually another highlight of the set. “The Citadel” merges shoegaze and space rock, too. We get some Americana in the mix here, too. I suppose Rush is a bit of a reference in some ways, but so is The Cure. 
Although “The Weather Systems” is more stripped down and a bit mellower on the verses, there are other parts that are close to metal. Still, the formula is beginning to wear a bit thin by this point. Melodic modern prog couple with the kind of atmospheric sounds like The Cure and some shoegaze, “If One Man Could” manages to stand a little taller, despite the lack of major differences. The vocal performance is one of the best here and contributes to the success of the song. I like the echoey guitar on this, too. 

More melodic, “The Rulers” is also more closely related to older prog. Still, it has some of that Cure type alternative rock sound, too. It’s one of the better pieces here, really. It’s also enough of a change to bring a fresh element. Although “The Battlefields” isn’t bad, it really is all starting to sound the same by that point in the set. There isn’t enough variety to make this seem like much more than another piece of one really long song. The multiple layers of sound work pretty well, though. 
Starting with a mellower motif, “Inside the Citadel” lends some variety through that. It is mellow, stripped back and echoey. It’s also some well needed variety. Although “The Security Systems” brings us back into the sea of sameness, the energy and vibe of this are strong enough to stand reasonably tall. 

“The End of Forever”is very much cut from the same framework. It really showcases how much stronger this would have been if they’d left a few of the songs off are put in a few things that were different. This is a good song, but it just gets lost in the samey stuff. 
On the closing piece, “Immortality Lost,” we get the change we sorely needed. There is an electronic drum machine kind of thing here. Also, they bring something close to techno. Beyond that, it’s more of the same, but it’s enough variety to save this piece. It’s understated and far from the best thing here, but the fact that it’s different makes it stand out from the pack.