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   THE BLUEPRINT
Ecliptic
2003
Copro Records
http://www.the-blueprint.net


rating: 3/5

1. Elements Of Refusal
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The Blueprint is an English band, whose story goes back to the summer 2000. Their first album, "Routine Irregular" was released May 2002, soon followed by an EP "Zero Zero One" and now 8 months later, this June their brand new EP, 'Ecliptic' is here. Based on the reviews I found on the band's homepage, the band was warmly welcomed by the international, particulary by the English press.

Well, I can't share their enthusiasm. Sure, this kind of heavy-rock, influenced by alternative rock, with a slight progressive touch and with a bit of hardcore aggression and dynamics, sounds fresh and energetic. But their Devin Townsend influence is far too much there in it. Sometimes I had the feeling I was listening to one of Devin's songs. Even Karl Middleton's vocal style follows the marks of Devin's here and there, just rawer and more rasping. All these things should result in something great but I miss the originality, the own ideas from The Blueprint. There are just too many bands out there who want to play this kind of melodic music that is filled with (deeper and lighter) emotions.

The tunes on "Ecliptic" stick easily to my head and already at the second listening I am humming along to the cd. The songs are varied and Karl's vocals are also changing but the impression of songs being all the same stays. They have own ideas but they are lost in the average.

submitted by Katalin 14.09.2003

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