Its attempts at technical bliss backfire, hamstrung by the fact that almost all the 15 tracks languish at mid-tempo. "Storm Shower" is composed of Meshuggah-type jazz, sans the velocity. Occasionally, singer Chris Imlay will interpolate a serviceable chorus before excessive wankery negates any momentum (see "Secret Identity"). For a band with schizoid vocals and keyboards, and a dearth of effects pedals, Prism Theory sounds surprisingly tame. The only color passing through this prism is gray.
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