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Heylel - Nebulae

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Science tells us 'nebulae' is the plural of a nebula, which are interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases. That doesn't sound very musical, though. You'd also never know with the way singer Ana Batista enunciates her English during the songs on this album, but this is actually a band from Portugal.

It's not just the perfect English that betrays this act's origins, however. It's also the style of music it plays, which is complicated, progressive rock. With the internet, musical styles can travel faster and farther than interstellar clouds of dust, so now even musicians in Portugal have just as much of a chance at developing into accomplished progressive players as nerdy Americans and Brits do.

Some of this music is also a little on the spooky side, such as "Embrace the Darkness," which features a really eerie beginning, and "The Prophet" that is both anthem-ic and unsettling.

However, much like heavy science, a lot of these tracks are a little difficult to grasp. It's like science when it's talked about among scientists, rather than put into layman's terms. One feels Heylel is singing at us, not to us. Therefore, this is skilled musicianship that never quite moves the listener emotionally.

Heylel - Nebulae
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