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Reason / Press

“Few bands operating in the Melodic Progressive zone would dare to be as aggressive as Reason often feel the need for and it serves them well with their heavy yet melodic, rocking yet progressive style. Familiar enough to have a ready audience, yet individual enough to stand out from the crowd. The Deception Of Dreams is a serious piece of work and an album that with the correct exposure (something like a support slot with Magnum for example) really could catapult Reason into the big leagues. For those bored with the multitude of Progressive Metal acts out there, or needing a break from the straight up Prog scene, look no further, for this release gives you the perfect Reason to search no more!”

“When the Reviews Ed sent this debut CD my way he said it was “Tasty” and he wasn’t wrong. A very British-sounding release with a strong prog edge and a brooding atmosphere. Paul Mace’s vocals have a haunting, slightly detached feel, more prog than metal. ‘Rise’ has a very Dio/early Rainbow air of menace to it. This track was produced by Beau Hill who obviously heard something he thought was special. The record is further enhanced by some glorious guitar playing from Chris Gyngell who mixes solid riffs with emotive solos, which are often such an integral part of good prog. The solos on ‘Before The Dawn’, ‘Life To A Flame’ and the title track ‘The Darkest Star’ are worth the price of admission alone. Definitely worth checking out if you like classic metal, rock and prog. It builds amosphere and draws you in deeper with each listen. The rock and metal influences combine to offer something fresh. They’re a new voice in British prog and it looks like Reason’s ‘”

“This début album showcases an exciting, soulful atmosphere with powerful riffs, driving rhythms, infectious vocal melodies, mood-creating keyboards, excellent song-writing and intelligent arrangements, all supported by some very fine drumming. It does sound like a winning formula, eh? And the result is quite impressive; a dark and dense melodic hard rock album with progressive influences, psychedelic moments and doom metal feel to it. Having said that, it lifts me up in a strange way too… I couldn’t solve this dilemma of doom and gloom lifting me up. I’m not obsessed with genre-labelling but if you have a theory, I’d love to hear it! Well, yeah, maybe I am obsessed a bit after all… Anyway, back to the album, there are 10 songs on it, an hour long of really good quality tunes!.”

“With their variant of progressive/heavy metal released The Darkest Star on Alienation Records last December. The album splutters of of catchy songs, very melodic and memorable riffs. If you are hungry for true heavy metal combined with progressiveness, give Reason a chance, you won’t regret. -Prog Sphere Promotions -”

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