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Cryptic Vision - "In A World"

Reviewed by: Jerry Lucky
Genre: Prog Rock
Country: USA
Language: English
Length: 72:22
Release Date: August 15, 2006
Band Members: Rick Duncan / drums, guitar, keyboards Todd Plant / vocals, guitar
  Sam Conable / bass, vocals Timothy Keese / guitar, vocals
  Howard Helm / keyboards, vocals
  Guest musicians:
  David Ragsdale /Violin Alan Morse, Ralph Santolla, Jerry Outlaw & Shawn Bowen / guitar
  John Zahner / keyboards Carrie Martin / Angelic Choir Vocals
Track Listing: 1.)- In a World (16:22) 8.)-Point of View (4:49)
  2.)- This Dream Part I (1:06) 9.)- Power to Mend (10:03)
  3.)- Common Ground (4:37) 10.)-Find (4:09)
  4.)-Merkaba (3:14) 11.)- The Balance (8:42)
  5.)- All Along (5:09) 12.)-This Dream Part II/In a World (Reprise) (5:03)
  6.)-The Space in Between (4:58)  
  7.)-I Am the Energy (4:10)
The Review

I suppose it’s only natural to talk about the potential for a sophomore slump anytime a band get’s to releasing that second recording. But you can forget about that idea when it comes to the second studio CD from Cryptic Vision entitled In A World. They have easily picked up where they left off and even taken their game up another notch. ***

Florida based Cryptic Vision consists of Rick Duncan (drums, guitar, keyboards), Todd Plant (vocals, guitar), Sam Connable (bass, vocals), Timothy Keese (guitar, vocals) and Howard Helm (keyboards, vocals). The bulk of the material was written and composed by Duncan and Plant with some able assistance from Connable. They also gain the musical help from guests including David Ragsdale and Alan Morse. I should mention what a joy it is to listen to their lyrics on In A World, interesting as well as uplifting. ***

Musically In A World picks up right where Moments of Clarity left off although the music here seems fuller and definitely more mature. This is really a lush symphonic progressive rock that is driven by melodies and harmonies. While the music takes any number of twists and turns it always comes back around to drive the song home. In fact the album starts with a thematic sound and after 72 minutes comes back to that same musical theme. The opening track “In A World” clocks in at just over 16 minutes and features everything from some crunchy guitar to anthemic crescendos. The track “All Along” displays some wonderful harmonies and an arrangement that builds beautifully over the five minutes, ending in a huge swell of music. There’s another track that’s 10 minutes and another almost 9, then all the others are around 4 or 5 minutes, not that any of that really matters since the songs tend to fade into each other. Sound wise there is a hint of Kansas here, but that’s probably because of Ragsdale’s distinctive style. You’ll also detect hints of Spock’s Beard but more as a sonic touchstone rather than actually sounding like them. In fact Cryptic Vision have created a sound that is very much their own even though they draw on some established influences. The songs are replete with stellar musicianship and vocals that reach for the sky. ***

I liked Cryptic Vision from the first moment I heard them and with this second release they’ve only gotten better. Their style isn’t overly complex and yet there’s a lot going on in each of the pieces, short or long and that means the disc holds up really well over repeated listening. If symphonic prog is what you like to listen to, In A World gets my strongest recommendation. This is a great record. Cryptic Vision is a band definitely on the way up in the world of progressive rock. ***


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