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Pedestrians Of Blue (P.O.B) - 2007 Crossing Over

ARTIST: Pedestrians Of Blue
ALBUM: Crossing Over
LABEL: Fishfarm Records
YEAR: 2007
SPONSOR: Johannes Stole and P.O.B


LINEUP: Johannes Stole - vocals, keyboards * Torfinn Sirnes - guitars * Rudolf Fredly - bass

Guests: Daniel Flores, Herald Levang - drums * Daniel Palmqvist - guitars * Thomas Nilsson - cello * Kjetil Lunde - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Father And Son * 02 Promises * 03 The Garden * 04 Where The Rain Falls * 05 Crossing Over * 06 The Line * 07 World Of Things * 08 The Other Side * 09 How Much More Than A Dream * 10 The Altar Of Love * 11 Why * 12 Out Of The Rain



What do you do when the band's bio says it is influenced by Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Queensryche and Toto? Whoa nelly! Those four bands might seem like worlds apart in terms of their direction and sound, but somehow, Norway's Pedestrians Of Blue seem to make it work. From my listening experience, P.O.B tend to gravitate to the heavier climes, albeit with massive chunks of melody in the musical soup. The band, primarily made up of Johannes Stole and Torfinn Sirnes - guitars, have bought Minds Eye drummer Daniel Flores in as the album's mixer, while Finland's Mika Jussila handled the mastering duties. The Minds Eye connection is a good one, as I feel there is a bit of their style in P.O.B's sound, but ultimately, it's that Queensryche in the guitar dept and Dream Theater in the keyboard/drumming dept that hogs the limelight. Coincidence perhaps? P.O.B first started out a few years ago. The band was the alter-ego to Stole's prior outfit Orange Crush - a melodic pop band at the other end of the musical spectrum. Though this is P.O.B's third release, it is their first full length album. Rather than sign up with an existing label, P.O.B have gone it alone on their own Fishfarm Records label - but hopefully it won't preclude them from being signed to a bigger label.

The Songs
All of the songs from their two EP's are given new life. The obvious difference this time around is that the recordings are updated, plus they've tacked on some new material. P.O.B include a raft of keyboard parts and effects to add contrast to their songs, in most cases these are modern sounding parts too. The album's theme focuses on the turmoil of a young protagonist trying to juggle life between family, friends, love and religion. Highlights include the somber story-telling of 'Where The Rain Falls' which has a dark near cinematic edge to it, and the reflective 'Crossing Over'. Both songs contain that slight Queensryche reference indicated earlier, a la 'Rage For Order'. When you listen to 'Promises', it has many attributes of modern sounding radio rock, though the guitar work is edgier and snarly. 'World Of Things' is very progressive - very much in keeping with all the bands you see released on the Inside Out record label, whereas 'The Other Side' flipsides to the melodic hard rock genre seamlessly.. complete with big riffs and an intense solo. More contrasts are evident with the piano ballad 'How Much More Than A Dream' and the Dream Theater influenced 'The Altar Of Love'. It all segues together into one track; the finale epic 'Out Of The Rain'. An 8 and half minute extravaganza which is the epitome of what P.O.B are all about. A fantastic track..

In Summary
P.O.B have picked up some great reviews in the European press. Traditional prog fans will enjoy this, as will prog metal followers - because there is so much diversity on display here. At a stretch, I'd say even the AOR brethren might get into this CD, especially if you are fans of Saga, A.C.T and Xinema. Regardless of genre, there is much to admire about P.O.B's dynamic style of melodic crossover prog. My only concern is; if we the fans and the reviewers get it, then why don't the record labels?

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#1 | gdazegod on August 30 2011 11:39:12
This band are now known as SLAVES TO FASHION. Review of their latest (even though it was released in Feb 2011) is coming up shortly.
#2 | rkbluez on March 04 2012 21:42:18
Great band got Slaves To Fashion first and loved it...then when I went back to pick up the POB it was OOP...good news is it's back in print and can be picked up at CD Baby for a good price...and it's an excellent release.
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