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In A World

by Cryptic Vision

Cryptic Vision is a Progressive Rock Band from Florida.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. In A World
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2. This Dream pt. 1
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3. Common Ground
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4. Merkaba
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5. All Along
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6. The Space In Between
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7. I Am The Energy
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8. Point Of View
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9. Power To Mend
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10. Find
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11. The Balance
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12. This Dream pt. 2 / In A World (reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"In A World" is the second studio offering from the Florida-based progressive rock phenomenon Cryptic Vision. Following on the heels of the band's critically acclaimed debut "Moments of Clarity", the new album features symphonic orchestration, soaring vocals, complex and shifting arrangements, rich harmonies, and uplifting themes with a consistantly positive view. The new and diverse tracks also feature brilliant guest performances by Spock's Beard guitarist Alan Morse, and David Ragsdale from the legendary progressive rock band Kansas.

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Paul Williams

All prog fans are going to love this album and it’s an essential addition
In A World is the second album from this 5-piece from West Coast Florida. Their debut album – Moments Of Clarity – received great critical acclaim in prog rock circles and showcased in particular the talents of multi-instrumentalist / songwriter Rick Duncan and vocalist for hire Todd Plant, who many of you might have seen at The Gods festivals in 1995 and 1997 with Eyewitness and Millenium respectively.

The band cite the likes of Yes, Kansas, Genesis and Spock’s Beard as their musical heroes / influences and that will give you a great idea of what to expect from a band who have settled on a line-up and feel more like a band rather than a collection of individuals. There are still a whole host of guest musicians appearing throughout the album, including former Iced Earth guitarist Ralph Santolla and Spock’s Beard’s Alan Morse.

And so to the music. The album opens with the 4-part, 16-minute title track, which takes as its theme the history of the universe and creation of our world. Part 1 (Overture) is a keyboard instrumental highlighting the ivory-tinkling skills of Howard Helm before giving way to Part 2 (Creation) and the first appearance of the crystal clear voice of Todd Plant. Part 3 (The Source) goes back to the keyboards for inspiration before the final part (All Is Well) rounds things off beautifully.

I’m not a fan of this style of music in general and often feel that these epic length songs are self-serving ego trips and the various parts simply do not fit together coherently – they seem to have no relation and bearing to each other whatsoever, but Cryptic Vision have no such problems and the various parts of their songs seem to be a natural progression from each other and hang together as a whole perfectly. They seem to have achieved what so many others in the genre are desperately aspiring to.

One other thing that it is immediately apparent is that all the musicians on display are masters of their particular crafts and Rick Duncan is a hugely positive person, whose lyrics clearly reflect that uplifting spirit.

Mention and credit should also go to the outstanding production job that Rick Duncan has done (is there no end to this man’s talents ??!!). Every instrument is given equal billing and that only improves the overall sound quality, whilst never overshadowing Plant’s superb vocals, when in evidence.

Other highlights are the faultless “All Along” which features some great harmony backing vocals and an awesome vocal performance by Plant, and “Power To Mend”, a brilliant yet defiant reaction to the 9/11 atrocities.

All prog fans are going to love this album and it’s an essential addition not only to the collection of fans of that genre but of many more besides.

In conclusion, as I said before, Prog Rock is really not by thing if I’m honest but if it was all as good and as well played and produced as this, then I could easily be converted.
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Pete Pardo

Overall In a World is a stunningly rich prog rock album
In A World is the follow-up to 2004's Moments of Clarity from Florida's Cryptic Vision. Blending elements of symphonic prog rock, AOR, and dashes of prog-metal into their sound, Cryptic Vision have once again created an album that will appeal to not only fans of vintage bands like Yes, Kansas, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Toto, Ambrosia, and ELP, but also modern groups such as Spock's Beard, Dream Theater, and The Flower Kings. Formed by the nucleus of multi-instrumentalist/producer Rick Duncan and singer/guitarist Todd Plant (both of whom have worked with many mainstream acts), Cryptic Vision is rounded out by Sam Connable on bass & vocals, Timothy Keese on guitar & vocals, and Howard Helm on keyboards & vocals. Guest musicians include Kansas violinist David Ragsdale, Spock's Beard guitarist Alan Morse, former Iced Earth guitarist Ralph Santolla, and a few others. Overall In a World is a stunningly rich prog rock album, littered with soaring melodies, catchy hooks, hard rock guitars, and symphonic prog rock arrangements.

The opening 16-minute title track kicks things off in epic fashion, complete with fantastic vocals from Plant, intricate guitar & keyboard passages, and lyrics dealing with the creation of the world and why we are all here. "Common Ground" and "Merkaba" are great AOR/prog anthems, again with Plant's soaring vocals leading the way, alongside some great keyboard work from Duncan and Helm. Listen closely too for the velvety smooth violin from Ragsdale, who as always turns songs to gold whenever he pops up. "All Along" recalls 80's Kansas as well as Spock's Beard, while "The Space in Between" reminds a little of Under the Sun, especially in the vocal department as well as the effective use of acoustic guitars amidst the electric thunder.

The band dives into crunchy prog-metal on the energetic "I Am the Energy", complete with ripping guitar, organ, and bass solos, and invoke memories of late 70's era Styx on the addicting "Point of View". The 10-minute gem "Power to Mend" is a dramatic and powerful prog-rocker, with Plant's aggressive vocals leading the charge of stabbing synthesizers, chugging guitars, and driving rhythms. Toto fans will love the catchy hooks of "Find", while "The Balance" once again returns to 70's progville and features an array of vintage keyboard sounds & solos, as well as some furious guitar leads. The majestic and symphonic piece "This Dream Part II/In a World Reprise" closes out this very remarkable album in grand fashion, with multi-layered vocals, acoustic guitars, and plenty of keyboard orchestrations.

With repeated listens, In a World reveals many hidden nuances, and shows a band that is quickly becoming one of the stars of the modern prog rock scene.
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Leo Christiansen

This is an outstanding release.
I just think that any proghead, who adores and loves vintage progressive musik, should own this, period. Do fell free to tjeck my review at Progplanet.com.
Cheers,
Leo.
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Jim Johnston

Call it Great! Fantastic! - anything but PROG!
This is an absolutely stunning CD by an incredible group of REAL musicians. surely some of you will recall the day when musicians were actually good at their instruments? - Well, with some faint hope, those days may be returning, because this album is just a perfect example of how good good musicans who write good songs can be to listen to. This music wasnt written to fit in between commercials, like most of the stuff you hear today. So anyone looking to make money by using it in a car commercial is out of luck.... It was designed and written - not to fit into a format (like A.M. radio) it was written with minimum commercial interruption, designed to go from the disk, directly to you - the consumer, Budweiser will simply have to look elsewhere for its cute three minute jingles... This album is great rockin music that defies todays commercial corporate music machine. But ladies and gentlemen... can we please get past the "PROG" label? - its the kiss of friggin death! Lets all just smile and say that this is "Psychadelic" music at its finest!!!
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Tommy Hash

In A World is one of the strongest releases from the art rock aura to surface ‘i
If Peter Collins would have produced Yes’ Tales from Topographic Oceans or had Trevor Rabin produced Kansas’ Song for America, In A World is what you come up with. Cranking out a more tuneful version of thinking man’s music, Cryptic Vision draws from both the classic and modern eras of progressive rock, as well as some AOR sensibility provided; which the latter forbids the album from going into the ‘sleep’ factor that many bands wish to go into to present a ‘mood’ of some sorts; this band knows how to present hooks and catchiness within the scope of extended and technical pieces.

Extended pieces such as “Power to Mend,” “The Balance” and the title track are what can be considered the epical tracks on the album, marking all types of musical elements and atmospheres within the same scheme of things; but it is cuts like the piano laden power ballad “All Along,” the chaotic “The Space in Between,” and the synth driven melodic rock “Find” which stand out amongst the record’s many opuses, for which each song has personality of it’s own. Complimented by guest musicians Alan Morse (Spock’s Beard) and Kansas violinist David Ragsdale, the music is strong progressive rock; so again, it’s the fact that these guys put their emphasis on melodies AND playing that keeps the music intriguing.

I have to also hand it to co-founder Todd Plant, whose voice really fits well into this band; his vocal style is different from what he did in Millennium, but he pulls it off. In A World is one of the strongest releases from the art rock aura to surface ‘in this world,’ making it accessible much beyond the ‘just’ the progressive rock realm of things.

Added: July 8th 2006
Reviewer: Tommy Hash
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