Strange Terrain EP - CD

Strange Terrain EP - CD

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The second effort of Philly area prog rockers, Waiting For December released Strange Terrain to showcase an even further depth of composition and intensity than their previous work.  The EP opens with a gothic choir, cycling through chords before rampaging through the heavy instrumental that is In Veritas Elisabeth Alba Est Annorum.  The track ends at the introduction to the title track, Strange Terrain, which frantically interchanges from dynamic to dynamic, ending with a desperate declaration and call for help.  Relentlessly, the EP continues with the album's single Fall Down, which features a string quartet alongside their usual instrumentation.  As the last strains of strings fade, the EP takes a softer tone for Mystery, featuring cellist Melissa Brun in an eerie and ethereal, piano-driven duet.  After a brief silence follows, letting the listener rest and reflect momentarily, the piano and cello once again enter to bring in the closing, short epic Horizon.  The track, clocking just shy of 10 minutes, brings the listener from anthem-esque chorus to a jazz and blues influenced instrumental bridge, and the song closes majestically with a powerful, head-bang inducing recapitulation of the chorus.  Over all, Strange Terrain offers Waiting For Decembers most ambitious effort, and arguably their best composition and performance so far.