Album review: MY SOLILOQUY – FU3ION


Rare Artist Music [Release date 11.07.22]

Third album from My Soliloquy, which is the brainchild of former Threshold guitarist Pete Morten. On this album he is joined by Threshold’s drummer Johanne James – Morten plays all the other instruments on the album. It is produced by Rob Aubrey (Transatlantic, Big Big Train, Spocks Beard, IQ), with Threshold’s Karl Groom producing the drum recordings.

‘Fu3ion’ is a concept album, based on a trilogy of books (which are revealed in the album’s sleeve notes) and loosely based on universal spiritual truths and concepts.

It is an album that draws you in and reveals more upon each listen, as there is a lot going on both musically and vocally. Hard to believe sometimes when listening to this it is the work of two musicians, especially on the longer songs like ‘Office Of Imaginings’ (which includes a rap section from Johanne James).

‘Interlocutter’ is soothing ballad with some seriously high octave vocals from Pete Morten. This one is followed by ‘The Space Between Us’ which has a real Threshold meets Ayreon feel about it.

The keys/synths on the album are one of the musical highlights it must be said and they feature prominently on this one. ‘Interiorty’ closes the album, A song that has a Geoff Tate era Queensryche feel about it.

The whole packaging looks pretty impressive based on the photos, which is always an important part of any album released in the progressive music field. Oh, and the limited edition includes two bonus songs – ‘Chrysalis’ and ‘F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real)’. ‘Chrysalis’ in particular is well worth a listen.

My Soliloquy deftly switch from prog metal, to a bit of shredding and then some spacey metal a la Star One/Ayreon, often all in one song! Quite possibly their most intense and enjoyable album yet. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

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