The Aurora Project: Shadow Border (2009)
The artists integrate a touch of metal and hard rock into the big picture amid the guitarists' driving crunch chords and Rob Krijgsman's deep bass grooves. However, front man Dennis Binnekade projects a significant presence via his crystalline lead vocals, often shaded with a touch of reverb. Unlike many rock vocalists, Binnekade renders the lyrics with clear diction and instills a commanding stature throughout many of the stately themes and keyboardist Marcel Guyt's ethereal treatments.
Hallowing voice overlays and grinding rock motifs radiate the catchy hooks and phantasmagorical implications on the endearing piece "Another Dream," which features a touch of '70s style Genesis via the phased-out voice parts. Yet the band's magnum opus is the seventeen-minute title track, where it stretches out within harmonious passages designed upon interweaving mini-themes that interconnect, much like a lengthy suite. No frills or novel concepts, but it's music with staying power and a recording that stands tall in the congested prog rock genre.
Track Listing: Human Gateway; The Trial; Photonic Reunion; The Confession; Another Dream; Within the Realms; Shadow Border.
Personnel: Dennis Binnekade: vocals; Remco van den Berg: guitar, backing vocals; Marc Vooijs: rhythm guitar; Rob Krijgsman: bass guitar; Joris Bol: drums; Marcel Guyt: keyboards & samples.
Record Label: The Laser's Edge
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock