TARKUS (Norway) no. 20 (March 2002), p. 32

The last record by Ed Macan�s Hermetic Science was a pleasant little effort where tuned percussion was central to the sound, something which gave the music a fresh and nice touch.� Not as sophisticated as Gentle Giant, but in the whole a record which stood out in a positive vein amongst a lot of uninteresting releases.� It is therefore sad to report that En Route is not of the same caliber.� The compositions are long-winded and flat, packed in an uninspiring production, totally lacking ardor and energy.

Macan�s synth sounds prove that analogue is not necessarily �the� thing, because this record must certainly win the �ugliest synth sounds ever� competition.� They are not charmingly ugly like the Farfisa organ and the RMI piano, just plain ugly.� A friend of mine thought they reminded him of his daughter�s 40 dollar Shell Select keyboard.� Those sounds can be fun enough, but definitely not the right thing for symphonic rock.

A really big yawn of a record.��������������������������� Trond Gjellum