You think you found your Progressive nirvana with Guilt Machine, Ayreon or Opeth? Well, nope. ESC delivers better – or worse depending how you look at it. Or more complex? Too complex? All of the above? Or none. Well, this is what this record projects at the first listen until you wrap your mind around it. And it will improve with age. You just need to give it some time to mature – like old wine. And as you progress, you will discover new bits and pieces.
Also, the record gives me this weird feeling of déjà-vu! Really weird! Heard something like that some time ago – actually a long time ago. Not exactly like it – more on Progressive Rock, but getting close. Kansas this was called. During their early years, way back in time producing Progressive stuff slightly similar to what ESC, latest of Zierler, throws at us today in 2015. And you know what? This kind of sounds like an offshoot of the now defunct (?) Beyond Twilight in a sense, which unsurprisingly is or was the fearless leader’s second outfit. [...]