1st of all, great to see that you (all) managed it to get this band working and playing!! RESPECT!!!
Very ambitious project!
I had a listen to the D97Music channel.
It sounds like very uncompromising symphonic rock with a touch of prog-metal, (specially guitar) as i read you were an LTE inspired instrumental band, and a fine touch of pop (specially vocalwise).
I like that - a bit more indie modern or chamber canterbury sound and i would even love it
The vocals are great. The keys and bass are fine. And i also like the cello, all very good balanced!
The composing is pretty good but not that unusual - like the band name. Have a look for the details and more accentuation. But this is hi-def profi stuff so dont hesitate, keep it going!! This works out by the time.
i would always beware that it doenst take too long. If you take the example of the dancer, watch this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3oxqmKGM5g
(dynamic, precise, strong and/or subtile expression)
keep it unique and with pathos!! In every note!! And always widen your emotional range!!
Listen to all the good stuff out there and learn!!
Genesis and Yes are still one of the best when it comes to composing - listen and learn!!
As i saw on your myspace they are number one influence.
And i think many composer have the problem to overview the whole emotional spectrum.
So dont be shy and fear for slow or soft melodys. There is always something that goes better or that has the power to fascinate.
"It takes forever" is a wonderful track!!
Its hard to link the softness and swinging glory of this one with the hard structures of LTE. In the jazz you can learn a lot about that!!
Porcupine Tree and Rush are very good in that area. Some bands http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7xYTqSutmw
The same goes for the drum sound. Care for the sound on your drum and your production.
If you manage to increase the quality of that (and maybe a bit more subtile creative guitar sound) you are already VERY GOOD and you can play with the big ones i think!!
Some bands where you can get inspiration for composing and production:
Sunfold, Broken Social Scene, Coheed & Cambria, Edison Glass,
and do you know Sieges Even, this could suite youhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt3zybpDfZ8
(The Art of navigating by the Stars - recommended!!)
and JAZZ ... a lot of jazz!!!
So i like what i see and hear, i wourd rate it with a 6/10 at the moment.
If you increase the qualitys here and there you can be 7.5 maybe with the next album already!
Very promising young stuff!!
keep it going and i hope you dont mind and you can use my open words
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST and i stay tuned!!