Today's Report
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Album · 1999

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1. Abandoned World (4:04)
2. The Wandering (5:37)
3. Waltz With Mother Nature (6:38)
4. Why Bother (4:52)
5. Today's Report (4:44)
6. Welcome (5:50)
7. Cat Eyes (4:26)
8. The Chase (5:14)
9. Personalities:
- a. Foreplay (0:23)
- b. Piece Of Meat (1:15)
- c. Tinnitus (2:24)
- d. Lord Of Lies (2:24)
- e. Emelie (Ms. Amnesia) (2:00)
- f. Insomniac (4:38)
- g. Concluding Speech (0:34)
Bonus tracks on Special Edition
10. Grandpa Phone Home (4:38)
11. New Age Polka (3:14)

Total Time 56:22


- Herman Saming / lead vocals, backing vocals, silent trumpet
- Jerry Sahlin / synthesizers, vocals, backing vocals, vocoder
- Ola Andersson / guitars, backing vocals
- Peter Asp / bass, percussion, backing vocals
- Tomas Erlandsson / acoustic and electronic drums and percussion, soundscapes, baking machine and swollen kneecap, backing vocals

About this release

Release date: October 1, 1999
Label: MTM Music 0681-02

Special Edition released though InsideOut Music (2007)

Thanks to dtguitarfan for the addition and progshine, adg211288 for the updates

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"Today´s Report" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish progressive rock/metal act A.C.T. The album was released through MTM Music in 1999.

The music on the album is heavy progressive rock with an occasional metal edge. The compositions are very sophisticated and melodic but not necessarily complex. There is an emphasis on catchiness rather than on technical playing. It shouldn´t be misunderstood though as A.C.T are very accomplished musicians and they occasionally play some really technically challenging parts. The high pitched lead vocals by Herman Saming, the harmony vocals and the choirs are very impressive too and sometimes remind me of the high quality vocal work of Queen. When A.C.T are most heavy and progressive they remind me of early Dream Theater.

Standout tracks are "Abandoned World", "Waltz With Mother Nature", "Today's Report" (with the spoken catastrophic words), "Welcome" (damn catchy that one) and of course the "Personalities" suite which is brilliant to my ears.

The only issue I have with "Today´s Report", is that the sound production could have been sligthly better, but it´s nothing too serious and the excellent musicianship and adventurous songwriting more than make up for it. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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