Winston : The prog rock from Dutch soil is usually (and thankfully) not as abundant influenced by the usual Dream Theater and Fates Warning flow. No, with us you can often hear bands like Porcupine Tree and Anathema, thus the more thoughtful, measured but very well taken care of. Vital Element, from the Zaandam area and a fivesome make a nice contribution here with their debut album 'Our Modern Age'. Dressed in a very striking cover, seven songs, about the decline of our world, so, socially justified as well. There is an audible chemistry in the quintet, but it must be said that the so-called ghost of Nederprog is lurking. That ghost concerns the vocals that offers little challenge and remains fairly flat. Patrick Siffels doesn’t sing too bad, on the contrary, it's just hard to stand out in vocal field in spherical kind of music. Vital Element made a very nice and impressive album. One is never going off the road in virtuosity or complexity. And that is how we do it in The Netherlands.