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Factory of Dreams - Some Kind of Poetic Destruction

For “Some Kind of Poetic Destruction”, Hugo and Jessica have crafted a well written concept revolving around a girl named Kyra, who holds the key to the fate of mankind. This complex tale is the focal point of “Some Kind of Poetic Destruction” and for the album; Factory of Dreams has utilized some very talented musicians. Among the guests joining Hugo Flores and Jessica Lehto are: vocalists Magali Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Ayreon, Epysode) and Raquel Schuler from Hydria. Musically, the songs are as classily written as you might expect from Factory of Dreams and the album flows seamlessly from song-to-song, mixing the more complex, progressive elements with more melodic, accessible fare. In that aspect, Factory of Dreams has hit a home run. From the opening spoken narration intro, “Prelude” the band launches into the cosmic Star One-ish “Strange Sounds”, and this is a good table-setter for what is to follow. The excellent mid-tempo, guitar heavy track “Escaping the Nightmare” is next and the two vocalists Jessica and Hugo have great chemistry together. The highlight for me was emotional “Angel Tears” which features Raquel Schuler on lead vocals and is just a tremendous song. Next is the equally effective “Seashore Dreams”. Other highlights include: “Dark Season”, “The Neutron Star” and “Join Us Into Sound”.

The music has the trademark Hugo sound, bombastic on many occasions, beautiful on others, interesting across the board. This music can be very aggressive, very hard metal oriented at least in terms of the guitars and other instruments. Of course, there are those times when Jessica takes charge, and in those moments, the music takes a different direction. But, you’ll never find yourself being uninterested in the music. And, if you take the time to focus on the story, you’ll sure find yourself in interesting territory. There are moments of reflection; there are moments of dark fear:

New interview with Hugo and Jessica

'Some Kind of Poetic Destruction' is Factory of Dreams 4th album. A conceptual sci-fi album that follows the adventures of Kyra, a unique and mysterious character who holds the key to our fate. Something is closing in on the Earth. What is it? What will happen to Earth? the storyline is full of surprises and mysteries, as we follow Kyra on an epic journey to find her purpose. This new album pushes beyond the boundaries of the Electronic Progressive Metal genre. And Hugo Flores and vocalist Jessica Lehto sure know how to push out those aforementioned boundaries when recording an album, and they yet again deliver another epic for one to get their ears around. This is not a record that will hit you on the first listen, but it will take repeated listens to get into, and indeed into the story line too. Angela Merrithew (Kyra) narrates the opening of 'Prelude', which siegues perfectly into 'Strange Sounds' with it's great synths coupled with a pounding guitar beat, and Jessica's operatic vocals shining as well! 'Escaping The Nightmare' is another pounding guitar/synth driven number with Hugo joining in with the vocals.

Interview with Hugo and Jessica

Interview with Hugo and Jessica

For those that follow my blog and my personal love for this band you would not be sorry for picking up this release. It’s a journey that takes you through a wide range of emotions as you simply get lost in the at times tranquil nature of musical bliss. Both have conjured up yet another masterpiece and have expanded on it tenfold. For those who enjoy the works of Devin Townsend or Ayreon this record is right up your alley. If there is one band that I feel deserves far more attention than they actually receive it would be Factory of Dreams. The sonic landscape which is created here by Flores and meshe

In terms of the music side of things the sound Factory of Dreams have gone for seems a little less direct than Melotronical, with a strong focus on synth and piano sounds to build up an atmosphere which cat different times can be described as being eerie, spacey, or dramatic. The metal elements are still of course here but seem welded into the overall sound rather than controlling it. It’s like the best bits of all three previous Factory of Dreams albums rolled into one. It has electronic elements, mechanical sounding riffs (which scream sci-fi at me), powerful vocals, violin soloing, pianos and synths galore, some really dramatic sounding symphonic elements and progressive structure. The quality of the writing is also superb once again, with contenders as albums highlights honestly covering most of the album, but I have to give a special nod to the epic Seashore Dreams. This is one of the best songs Factory of Dreams has ever done.

This is an album filled with great music and excellent female lead vocalists. The storyline is interesting and the lyrical development is well conceived. Definitely an album you will want to experience with headphones in the comfort of your easy chair…with your eyes closed. Venefica Luna's artwork is simply out of this world. Some of the best I've seen since the 'Master', Ed Unitsky. Let the story unfold as you bask in the glow of the surrounding soundscape.