Peter Banks, Tony Levin, Billy Sherwood, Rick Wakeman - Oscar Fuentes Bills and Sepand Samzadeh have brought in some notable reinforcements for their second album. "In Extremis" is a concept album that deals with nothing less than death. But it doesn't sound so gloomy. The Man Who Died Two Times is coming along almost cheerfully. The electro-pop earworm sung by Colin Moulding (ex-XTC) also falls outside the scope of an otherwise very atmospheric album, which offers the musicians plenty of room to unfold thanks to many instrumental passages. First, "No Cause For Alarm" makes you want more. I also like "Visionary". All in all, however, the element of surprise and a little bit of dynamism are missing here and there. Tempo changes, an interesting instrumentation and some really well done solos can be found on "Eggshell Man", before the 21-minute title track rounds off the picture of a well done album with a little air to the top. By the way: "Waltz In E-Minor" was posthumously dedicated to the late Peter Banks. It must have been one of his last musical works.
Top track: Eggshell Man