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WLM Reviews: Daydream XI – The Circus of the Tattered and Torn

September 3, 2017

A few years ago I reviewed Daydream XI’s debut album, comparing them quite a bit with Symphony X. The band returns on Sensory Records with their second album, The Circus Of The Tattered And Torn, and it seems they’ve grown beyond simple comparisons with other Prog Metal bands.

The Brazilians are no longer just some sound-alike band, having found more of their own sound on the new album. There may still be places and parts that remind of SX, but overall I think Daydream XI has developed more of a melodic approach to call their own. Penetrating melodies are the name of the game here, resulting in lines that most assuredly will get stuck in your head. The Circus Of The Tattered And Torn is a dark concept album, one that explores the idea that we are drawn to each other more by our weaknesses and our flaws than our strengths and virtues. I suppose that’s bit of a unique approach where each song represents a feeling or aspect of human life.

There are a few songs that stand above the rest. A Cup of Agony is particularly compelling, as is the syncopated Painted Smile. Both take their places on the front part of the album and feature wonderful choruses. The musicianship – not just in these, but all over the album – is masterful and shows that Daydream XI can play just about anything. The musical theme throughout the 10+ minute Overhauling Wounds has some cool hooks that will run themselves ragged through your head. Collector of Souls has a Deep Purple tinge to it based mainly on the keyboard/organ work that serves as a foundation of the track. A bit of blues makes it one of the more unique songs on The Circus of the Tattered and Torn.

Forgettable might be the most progressive of any track on the album. Plenty of odd time signatures and changes along with a Kansas feel here and there all contribute to that atmosphere. The title track is a massive 15 minutes long. Progressing from an almost flamenco style guitar intro to an epic sounding Metal song, Daydream XI packed a lot into this one. The band goes from placid passages to ass kicking heaviness throughout the track. A lot to digest but it’s really a fantastic song.

Check out some killer playing from the band:

I like that Daydream XI has made steps to make their own way through the plethora of Prog Metal bands out there.  The Circus of the Tattered and Torn certainly made a good impression on me and I think will continue to grow on me the more I listen.  Be sure to check it out.

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