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Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
Seven Year Storm - Aion I 2015, EP
9.0
Instrumental Prog Metal
Sean Lang, the main man of Seven Year Storm, Sean Lang, is a freelance drummer and drumming instructor who had been composing a lot of material for his own amusement which was never meant to be released. However, some of his friends liked it and suggested that he release it. And, voila, after a successful Indigogo campain, "Aion I" sees the light of day.

We are dealing with instrumental progressive metal here which, despite what one might expect, is not at all drum-centric. Granted, there are plenty of rhythmically challenging parts, and Sean Lang definitely gets to show off his chops, but the guitar is given just as much room, and the listener is treated to several impressive and shreddy guitar leads. Combining atmospheric keyboards and djenty rhythms, and adding a slight touch of jazz rock and loads of melody, this EP should definitely appeal to fans of modern progressive music. And those who do not like djent ned not worry. This is not a djent EP. It's a progressive metal EP that features a couple of djent elements among many other elements.

Needless to say, the musicianship and songwriting is top notch, and the production is also extremely professional for a self-released EP. The production nicely allows for the sweeping layers of sound to shine through in a balanced and harmonic way.

I definitely hope to hear more from Lang in the future. "Aion I" should appeal to fans of Animals As Leaders, Chimp Spanner, and Planet X.

(Review orginally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
Silent VoicesMyspace.com - Reveal The Change 2013
8.0
Prog Metal
This album is marketed as a progressive metal release, whereas Silent Voices' previous output are typically characterized as power metal albums. This album is called "Reveal the Change", and it may reflect a change in musical direction - I really don't know, because I have never heard their previous releases.

Anyway, if "Reveal the Change" is progressive metal, then it is perhaps best described as progressive metal lite - or maybe just very accessible progressive metal. "Reveal the Change" is largely characterized by straightforward riffage and catchy vocal melodies. There are plenty of elements from more traditional heavy metal and hard rock, as well as some more stuff. I do not really detect a lot of power metal on this album ther than a cople of scattered power metal aesthetics every now and then. There are not that many quirks, twists and turns.

I would not say reject the "progressive" tag, however, for a number of reasons. If we ignore the very last track, it may take a couple of listens, but then the listener will probably realize that the progressive nature of this album lies in the details. Firstly, the use of keyboards is definitely akin to what ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
Knight Area - Hyperdrive 2014
8.0
Prog Metal/Hard Rock
Knight Area are perhaps best known as a neo prog rock band whose style contains the odd metallic element. However, with the addition of guitarist Mark Bogert and bassist Peter Vink, the band has taken their music in a considerably heavier direction to the point that, on the 2014 album "Hyperdrive", they venture so far into progressive metal and hard rock territory that the album (to me at least) is a bona fide progressive metal release.

The new heavy Knight Area is underlined by the hard rocking opening riff of 'Afraid of the Dark'. After an epic power ballad in the form 'The Lost World' with its power chords, Queen-like background vocals, and "Trick of the Tail"-inspired bridge, 'Bubble' kicks into a couple of heavy and groovy riffs. This track also features a bridge with a retro keyboard solo on top of an old school heavy metal passage. After another ballad in the form of 'This Day' (which, strangely, reminds me of the obscure Danish 80s prog band Zaragon), the listener is treated to a heavy and groovy tune in the form of 'Crimson Skies'. Slower, but also more melodic, is 'Avenue of Broken Dreams', which also features some quite aggressive riff-bursts in the transition between the verse and the chorus. 'Living in Confusion' takes a more AOR hard rock path, combining this with influences from ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
Mekong DeltaMyspace.com - In a Mirror Darkly 2014
9.0
Technical Prog Metal
Mekong Delta are truly an underrated progressive metal band, who deserve much ore attention than they usually get. For one, their music is very original and seamlessly go back and forth between power metal, thrash metal, symphonic metal and progressive metal. Secondly, their music is at all times challenging to the listener. Thirdly, Mekong Delta is invariably associated with top notch musicianship regardless who's in the line-up at any given time.

On their latest album, "In A Mirror Darkly", they remind us of their excellence over the course of eight tight, yet totally mind-boggling, tracks (on some versions of the release, the two first tracks are conflated into one).

After a mellow, classically oriented introduction, the listener is treated to a challenging instrumental in the form of "Ouverture" and its relentless onslaught of notes, beats, and harmonies. In typical Mekong Delta fashion, the following track 'Armageddon Machine" offers a flurry of riffs and parts, all delivered in the same onslaught manner, with Martin LeMar's vocals floating on top of the instrumentation. 'The Silver in Gods Eye' is a slightly more amorphous affair, which also has a bit of a symphonic feel to ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
AshentMyspace.com - Flaws of Elation 2006
10.0
Prog Metal
Originally released in 2006, "Flaws of Elation" is going to be reissued this year on Lion Music with new artwork, as a sort of follow-up to 2012's "Inheritance". When I heard "Inheritance", I was puzzled at the classification of Ashent as a dark prog power metal band, seeing how melodic and, to be honest, not very dark that album is (but still a very good album).

Having listened to the reissue of "Flaws of Elation", I now understand the dark prog power metal label. One "Flaws of Elation", Ashent draw much more extensively on dark power metal, and their guitars a crunchy and the riffs heavy, yet challenging (there are even some elements from extreme metal every now and then). While not as experimental in terms of texture as "Inheritance" is, "Flaw of Elation" still feature some nice textures primarily provided by the keyboards.

Now, "Flaws of Elation" is at heart very melodic, and there are plenty of guitar melodies, and also some nice guitar harmonies which seem to build on the foundation laid by Fates Warning on "Perfect Symmetry". Sophisticated and ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
AshentMyspace.com - Inheritance 2012
9.0
Prog Metal
For a band branded as a dark progressive metal band, Ashent's latest effort is incredibly melodic. That is of course not a bad thing, and "Inheritance" is definitely a massive effort which is artistically successful.

Striking is, first of all, the massive crunch of the guitars and how this suits both the melodic harmonies and rhythmic ambiguities that abound on this fine album. The music is technically advanced, to be sure, but comes across inviting and accessible. The drumming is organic an full of fills and, while not overtly show offy, definitely not stuff that is easy to pull off. The bass has a nice broad and round sound, at times taking an almost lead-like position, but always providing the glue that holds the many textures on this album together. On the lead side, both keyboard solos and guitar solos reflect technically skilled musicians who know how to perform leads that showcase their skills without stealing the stage from the rest of the instrumentation.

I do not know if this type of ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 3 years ago <Permalink>
Anubis GateMyspace.com - Horizons 2014
9.5
Prog Metal
Having released three very strong albums in a row, in the form of "Andromeda Unchained", "The Detached", and "Anubis Gate", the Danish progressive metal band's most recent, and eagerly awaited, album "Horizons" definitely has a lot to live up to. With no less than two line-up changes since "Anubis Gate", one might even be slightly worried that the new album may be sub par to its predecessors.

While I think that the previous three albums are slightly stronger than this one in some respects, there are some new elements on "Horizons" - probably adopted by the band as a consequence of the inspirations brought by the two new members - which I think enrich Anubis Gate's already interesting style of music. Firstly, I think that "Horizons" is musically the most varied album by the Danish band, as it explores both melodic pathways and heavier grooves. The rhythm guitar has become slightly more aggressive, which I appreciate, while the use of keyboards has become more prominent, which works very well here. Morten Gade Sørensen's drumming is both considerably technical and dynamic, yet also potent.

'Destined to Remember', which listeners might already be familiar with because an alternate version appeared in the ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Lars Eric MattssonMyspace.com - Epicentre 2013
8.0
Prog Metal
Gutiar virtuoso and owner of Lion Music, Lars Eric Mattsson, has a shitload of albums under his belt – both as a solo artist and as a member of acts like Book of Reflections, Vision, and Condition Red. While there is no doubt that he is incredibly gifted and that, though Lion Music, he has made a tremendous effort in keeping progressive metal, neoclassical metal, hard rock, and melodic metal alive, I think that the quality of his output is varied. In 2011, he released the instrumental album ”Aurora Borealis” which I found underwhelming, while his 1998-album ”Obsession” (reissued last year) is absolutely brilliant.

This year, he released ”Epicentre”. While following the neoclassiclly oriented ”Aurora Borealis”, ”Epicentre” does not follow up on ”Aurora Borealis”. While the preceding album was quite onesided, this one is multifacetted, as Mattsson explores a range of expressions and vistas. Thus, we are treated to tracks, like 'Cinnamon' or the swinging 'Too Late', while others, like 'No Way, No Surrender' and 'Wait for the Sunrise' as well as the heavy 'Freedom Fighters' and 'No More War' are all out prog metal attacks in the form of complexly structured flurries of passages and sections. ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Divided Multitude - Feed On Your Misery 2013
8.5
Prog Metal
The fifth album by Norwegian progsters Divided Multitude, ”Feed On Your Misery” was released earlier this year on Lance King's label Nightmare Records. Like many of their labelmates, Divided Multitudes explore the vistas of progressive metal and power metal.

Compared to many of the other artists on Nightmare's roster, Divided Multitude represent the heavier end of the progressive metal gamut, without ever entering into extreme metal territory. The music on this album is also more accessible than a lot of other progressive metal is, as Divided Multitude draw extensively on heavy riffage and larger-than-life melodies as hear in power metal. Moreover, vocalist Sindre Antonsen has adopted a slightly gruff singing style akin to what you might hear on a Pertness or a Symphony X album. His singing style thus adds a further edge to the overall sound of the album.

That being said, we are dealing with progressive metal, and the Norwegians do make use of complex song structures, and there are several twists and turns as well as changes in time and tempo. In the closing track 'Reborn' – perhaps the best track on the album – the listener is even treated to dissonant chords. The band's combination of twin guitars and keyboards makes for a nicely layered and kind of epic sound, which is in nice contrast with the heavy grooves and crushing riffs also heard on the album.

I think this is a pretty solid progressive metal album, an fans of both vanilla progressive metal and prog power metal should find ”Feed on your Misery” very enjoyable.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
A Cosmic TrailMyspace.com - II: Mistrel 2013
8.5
Instrumental Prog Metal/Rock
The second album by German instrumental progsters A Cosmic Trail, "II: Mistral" is marketed by its label Pure Prog as a progressive metal album.

This is not completely wrong, but there is more to the album's seven tracks than pure progressive metal. Granted, there are plenty of metal elements in the form of chucking riffs and distorted guitars accompanied by pounding drums. However, there are just as many atmospheric and mellow passages on the album as there are heavy ones, as A Cosmic Trail draws on other genres, such s jazz fusion and psychedelic rock as well as, of course, progressive rock. Much like the music on Yes' "Tales from "Tales from the Topographic Oceans", the tracks on "II: Mistral" have the form of massive auditive vistas with multiple layers and moods, ranging from the dark and bleak to the more uplifting.

This album is more than progressive metal, and it has just as much in common with the likes of Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson as it does with, way, Opeth or recent Enslaved. Still, there are enough metal elements on this album that, if you like progressive rock and also happen to be a metalhead, there should be plenty of good stuff for you on "II: Mistral".

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
MayfairMyspace.com - Schlage Mein Herz, Schlage 2013
8.5
Prog Rock
In 1993, Mayfair released one of the most original progressive metal albums to ever see the light of day. A couple of albums down the line, the Austrian pioneers decided to call it a day, and their work remained obcure till they recently decided to get back together and, firstly reissued ”Behind...” on Pure Prog Records, and this year saw the release of their comeback album ”Schlage mein Herz, Schlage”.

The title track 'Schlage men Herz, Schlage' is a quite psychedelic affair with esoteric mildly distorted guitars and …, while 'Firestorm' is atmospheric and features some elements akin to alternative rock. The alternative mode and the atmospheric mood also characterizes the heavy and brooding 'Wwwrong', which also offers a sense of dark psychedelia as well as some more solid merallic riffage towards the end. 'Drei Jahre Zurück' combines minimalistic gutiar figures with driving, but melancholic, metallic pumping riffs. 'Abendp_rno' (I think it's Abendporno', which mean 'porno in the evening) combines metallic drumming with punky riffs and, 'Island' is a nother heavy and darkly psychedelic track with simpel clean guitars overlaid on top of atmospheric and noisy guitars in the background – not unlike what you might hear in drone metal or atmospheric and depressive black metal (without this song sounding at all like those two genres). 'Du Allein' is similarly dark, at time reminding me of a blend of U2 at their darkest and Paradise Lost at their lightest (check out the chorus). 'Tric Trac' is in the ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Anton Johansson's Galahad Suite - Galahad Suite 2013
7.5
Prog Metal
Thirty years in the making, Anton Johansson's ”Galahad Suite” finally sees the light of day. Having worked on the concept behind this album since 1982, Anton Johansson, who does not actually perform on this album, has allied himself with a number of strong songwriters and musicians from the Swedish rock scene to form the project named Anton Johansson's Galahad Suite. As the title indicates, the album deals with the quasi-mythical Arthurian character Galahad, and his story is told over a song cycle of ten songs.

Being a concept album that draws on the aesthetics of heavy metal and hard rock, we are essentially dealing with a progressive metal release here. Themes are repeated through out the album, and each track is essentially a movement, with the first track serving as an overture, or prelude, of sorts, and its theme being repeated in the last track. Now you might think that you are in for some complex and epic music akin to Dream Theater's ”A Change of Season” or ”Scenes from a Memory”, but, while the structure of the album in its entirety might be complex, the music itself is by and large pretty straightforward. We are dealing with musc the evolves around rocking riffs combined with softer passages (which in itself makes for interesting album dynamics). We are more in the territory of Queensrÿche and Persona Non Grata (or Rainbow at their most progressive) – that is, very accessible progressive metal which has both commercial appeal and sophistication.

A good example of this is 'Somewhere – The Quest', which combines an uplifting drive (and, frankly, some pretty awesome guitar riffs) with an AOR sensibility and at the same time keyboard figures akin to more Dream Theater-oriented progressive metal. 'Happy – The Incident' features the same type of keyboard, but combines a more funky drive with power ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Fates WarningMyspace.com - Darkness in a Different Light 2013
8.0
Heavy Prog Metal
The first proper Fates Warning album in nearly ten years, “Darkness in a Different Light” has obviously been greatly anticipated. Of course, we Fates Warning fans godt a massive treat when Arch/Matheos’ masterpiece debut album “Sympathetic Resonance” was released in 2011 featuring Fates Warning’s current line-up in its entirety and former Fates Warning vocalist Jon Arch in front. While many people consider “Sympathetic Resonance” the lost Fates Warning album or the Fates Warning album that never was, “Darkness in a Different Light” is the real comeback from these pioneers of progressive metal.

Stylistically, this album falls somewhere between “Disconnected” and “FWX”, which are probably my least favorite Fates Warning albums, but in combining these albums, “Darkness in a Different Light” rises above these two albums, taking the best of both and moving it in a direction of its own. The songs on the album are, for progressive metal standards, pretty short and relatively straightforward at first listen. But after a couple of listens, the listener will discover little details that are more reminiscent of the bands legendary early 90s output. This is largely due to the return to the two-guitarists set-up, which Fates Warning exploit in a number of interesting ways on this album.

The opening track opens with a frantic wasp-like guitar figure on top of a groovy guitar riff and takes the listener – in true Rush-style – through a couple of different passages before the verse kicks in. The verse is a heavy and groovy affair with an acoustic guitar overlaid on top. Already here, the listener is reminded of some of the aesthetics of “Parallels” and “Inside Out” which made efficient use of the combination of distorted and clean guitars. But, still, what we hear here is not quite identical to those two albums, as Fates Warning pursue ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
CarcassMyspace.com - Surgical Steel 2013
9.0
Non-Prog Death Metal
For my money one of the most interesting contributors to the extreme metal scene. The invention of goregrind and melodeath is rightfully attributed to Carcass with their release of “Reek of Putrefaction” and “Heartwork” respectively. But “Symphonies of Sickness” was, I would say, an important contribution to the development of the deathgrind hybrid genre, while “Necroticism...” - one of my all-time favorite albums – was an original technical death metal piece drawing on complex and progressive song structures and juxtaposition of midtempo solid riffage and ferocious blastbeats. Much underrated, “Swansong” is as important a contribution to the development of death 'n' roll as Entombed's “Wolverine Blues” and Gorefest's “Soul Survivor”. Sadly, the band broke up after the release of “Swansong” and was struck by tragedy when founding member and drummer Ken Owen was suffered from a brain hemorrhage and ended up in a coma, causing the post-Carcass project Blackstar (which explored further the traditional heavy metal direction that Carcass had taken on “Swansong”) to dissolve.

Having reunited a couple of times for gigs and festivals, Carcass eventually was reestablished as a band proper and released the much expected “Surgical Steel” in 2013. And, boy, this must be among the most kick-ass comebacks of any rock band in the history of music.

After a hyper-melodic intro in the form of '1985' and its rich Iron Maiden-esque twin guitar harmonies, the album explodes into the aptly titled 'Thrasher's Abbatoir' which combines thrashy riffage (some of which has the same compact quality as Exodus' trademark riffs had back in the day), brief and explosive blastbeats, and old school death metal riffage as well as some more hardcorish elements. The uptempo ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
QueensrÿcheMyspace.com - Frequency Unknown 2013
2.0
Non-Prog Metal
Queensrÿche were once one of the world's premier progressive metal bands, releasing sophisticated yet accessible classics like "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire" and "The Promised Land" among others, but after "Hear in the Now Frontier", which took a more grunge-oriented turn things went downhill with only a couple of interesting releases amidst a mass of, compared to the classics, boring albums. As we all know, the post-"Frontiers" era has been turbulent and ended with Queensrÿche being slit into two: one consisting of the founding members plus Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren, and one with Geoff Tate and essentially a bunch of hired hands.

With both versions of Queensrÿche aiming to release an album in 2013, there was a bit of a race going on to release first, I think - a race which Tate won with the release of "Frequency Unknown" way before the other Queensrÿche released their album. But is the release of "Frequency Unknown" really a victory? Is it enough to just release an album before the other Queensrÿche?

Well, no. The album will of course also have to be musically interesting? And, to be frank, "Frequency Unknown" does not strike me as interesting. It features music which is more in the vein of post-"Frontier" Queensrÿche - that is, more alternative metal with grunge and groove elements, and very few, if any, progressive elements. There are some heavy moments to be sure as in 'Slave', 'Running Backwards' and 'Dare'. While there are some good moments on the album, such as many of the guitar solos provided by guest musicians like Lita Ford, K.K. Downing and Chris Poland, ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
QueensrÿcheMyspace.com - Queensrÿche 2013
8.5
Prog Metal
I guess you all know the story now. There are two Queensrÿches out there now: one featuring Geoff Tate and a bunch of hired hands and one featuring original members Michael Wilton, Eddied Jackson and Scott Rockenfield plus Parker Lundgren and Todd La Torre. Tate's Queensrÿche recently released "Frequency Unknown", which - to put it mildly - was a quite underwhelming affair which seemed a mere extension of Queensrÿche's mostly uninteresting output since the release of "Hear in the Now Frontier".

So, what about the La Torre-fronted version of Queensrÿche and their album, which is merely entitled "Queensrÿche"? Is that another load of post-"Hear in the Now Frontier" grunge-tinged alternative commercial rock?

No!

"Queensrÿche" sounds like Queensrÿche. You know, the first time I listened to this album, I felt happy. I felt like I'd met an old friend. Really, the Queensrÿche that I know and love is what you hear on albums like "Rage for Order", "The Warning", "Empire", and, of course, "Operation: Mindcrime", and "Queensrÿche" is a continuation of that classic Queensrÿche-style. It is almost as if the last sixteen years have been released and "Queensrÿche" were the album released after "Promised Land". What I'm trying to say is that Queensrÿche are back 'en force' and they sound better than they have more than fifteen years.

The twin guitars of the early years are back, as are the heavy riffs and edgy guitars - just check out 'Spore', 'Redemption', 'Vindication' and 'Fallout'. Picking up where they left off on "Empire", the band successfully combine melodic hard rock with traditional heavy metal, wrapping it in a multi-layered texture of sophostication and mild progressivity. Wilton and Lundgren's twin guitar attack is back up by Jackson's rock solid bass, and Scott ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Chosen - Resolution 2013
8.5
Prog Extreme Metal
After a turbulent history of transatlantic relocations, break-ups, reunions and hiatuses, the Irish extreme metal act Chosen are finally ready to released their debut full-length "Resolution". And, chances are that the album will enjoy much success among fans of the more tech/prog-oriented type of extreme metal.

While not insanely technical, Chosen's nine tracks on the album are nonetheless quite progressively oriented and definitely belong to the more sophisticated end of the extreme metal continuum. Drawing on both death metal and djent-thrash with a slight touch of metalcore and melodic death metal, "Resolution" is a rather eclectic album and may be compared to as diverse artists as Death, Atheist, In Flames, Nevermore, and Opeth. And all of this is wrapped in Meshuggah-esque grooves. Although inspirations from these and other artists may be traced throughout the album, "Resolution" stands on its own as an original work of art. A major attraction point is the Irish duo's talent for writing crushingly heavy riffs that ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Terminate - Ascending to Red Heavens 2013
8.0
Non-Prog Death Metal
Do you remember the Swedish death metal scene back in the 90s?

Melodeath, you say? No, before melodeath.

Yeah, that's right. The Stockholm scene of the early 90s.

Do you remember how primitive and dirty the music was back then? The Stockholm sound was something entirely different from the more melodic and steramlined Gothenburg sound. Drawing on American acts like Obituary, Necrophagia, and Possessed, the Stockholm-based death metal band injected a good dose of crust and hardcore punk, and upped the dirty fuzz and the primitivity. This type of music is making its way back onto the metal scene, and now it has gone global!

One band that has embraced the Stockholm sound and mastered it to perfection is the American act Terminate. Their debut full-length Ascending To Red Heavens is all the proof you need. Drawing on old school death metal chaos and the brutal dirty Stockholm sound, the album is an onslaught of aggressive ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
Victor Griffin's In-Graved - Victor Griffin's In-Graved 2013
8.0
Non-Prog Hard Rock
Pentagram released "Last Rites" in 2011, and the following year the mythical Pentagram-related act Bedemon released their doom metal masterpiece "Symphony of Shadows", and this year sees the release from another musician with ties to Pentagram - namely, Victor Griffin and his band In-Graved's debut.

While Pentagram and Bedemon are more on the doom side of things, In-Graved pursue more of a hard rock-driven sound, albeit one that does display some doom tendencies, as heard in the heavy bridge, of the otherwise bluesy 'Fading Flower' as well as in 'Love Song for the Dying'. Tracks like 'Digital Critic' and the classic 'Late for an Early Grave', which has figured in Victor Griffin's inventory of compositions for a while, are more uptempo, while 'Thorn in the Flesh' combines heavy grooves with folk-inspired passages. This particular track is extremely well put together.

The guitars are incredibly heavy and have a nice fuzzy edge to them, which definitely adds the doomy aspect that the album doubtlessly has. A stable element is a 70s-tinged organ (provided by none other than former Trouble drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson) which serves to add a further layer of texture in the background, and this goes well together with Griffin's bluesy voice.

With nods towards the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath, but also retaining the darkness of heavy blues and groovy Southern rock, In-Graved's debut is a very successful tour de force in dark and heavy hard rock and should appeal to fans of Pentagram, Bedemon, Trouble, Black Sabbath and Witchfinder General.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 5 years ago <Permalink>
My SoliloquyMyspace.com - The Interpreter 2013
8.0
Prog Metal
Evolving around Pete Morten of Threshold note, My Soliloquy has been around for more than a decade, but it is only now that their first proper album is released.

As with other British progressive metal bands on the scene these days, My Soliloquy take their music in an alternative, more accessible, direction than the type of progressive metal metal spearheaded by the likes of Dream Theater. While definitely sophisticated and progressive, My Soliloquy focus more on songwriting than on self-indulgent instrumental masturbation, which has resulted in an album containing songs that are dynamic and kept interesting all the way through.

Featuring, after all, some of the more typical traits of progressive metal, such as a couple of odd time signatures and prominent keyboards are present on the album, but My Soliloquy also draw inspiration from outside of the universe of progressive metal, such as progressive rock and, well, you will be forgiven if the techno-intro of 'Corrosive De-Emphasis' gives you a WTF-moment.

With superb songwriting and excellent musicianship, this is definitely an enjoyable and original progressive metal album. Pete Morten's quite distinct vocal style deserves special mention. Sounding like a blend of Rob Moratti, Geoff Tates, and Peter Gabriel, it may be an acquired taste, but I think that his singing suits the music perfectly and is a major factor in the establishment of the unique sound this album has.

Fans of progressive metal should definitely check out My Soliloquy's long awaited debut album.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
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The Spittin' Cobras - Year of the Cobra 2012
 #2
10.0
Non-Prog Hard Rock/Metal
Untimely Demise - City of Steel 2010
 #3
10.0
Technical Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Anubis GateMyspace.com - Anubis Gate 2011
 #4
10.0
Prog Metal
Pentagram - Relentless 1993
 #6
10.0
Stoner Non-Prog Doom Metal
CandlemassMyspace.com - From the 13th Sun 1999
 #7
10.0
Psychedelic Non-Prog Doom Metal
HellMyspace.com - Human Remains 2011
 #8
10.0
Prog-Related NWoBHM
Entombed - Wolverine Blues 1993
 #9
10.0
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ObscuraMyspace.com - Omnivium 2011
 #10
10.0
Technical Prog Death Metal
Artillery - My Blood 2011
 #11
10.0
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Control DeniedMyspace.com - The Fragile Art of Existence 1999
 #12
10.0
Technical Prog Metal
AtheistMyspace.com - Jupiter 2010
 #13
10.0
Technical Prog Death Metal
At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul 1995
 #14
10.0
Non-Prog Death Metal
AC/DC - Back In Black 1980
 #15
10.0
Heavy Non-Prog Hard Rock/Metal
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick 1972
 #16
10.0
Epic Prog Rock
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power 1992
 #17
10.0
Non-Prog Metal
Death - Symbolic 1995
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10.0
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Yossi Sassi - Melting Clocks 2012
 6 years ago
8.0
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Symphony XMyspace.com - Iconoclast 2011
 7 years ago
9.0
Epic Prog Power Metal
Origin - Entity 2011
 7 years ago
8.5
Technical Prog-Related Death Metal
Seven Witches - Call Upon the Wicked 2011
 7 years ago
8.5
Non-Prog Power Metal
Seven Witches - Call Upon the Wicked 2011
 7 years ago
8.5
Non-Prog Power Metal
Stormwarrior - Heathen Warrior 2011
 7 years ago
8.0
Epic Non-Prog Power Metal
Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII 2011
 7 years ago
8.5
Retro Non-Prog Metal
Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand 2011
 7 years ago
7.5
Celtic Non-Prog Metal
Thornium - Fides Luciferius 2010
 7 years ago
6.5
Non-Prog Black Metal
Circle of Silence - The Blackened Halo 2011
 7 years ago
9.0
Non-Prog Power Metal
Everticum - In Infinitum 1999, EP
 7 years ago
8.0
Non-Prog Death Metal
Iced EarthMyspace.com - Night of the Stormrider 1992
 7 years ago
8.9
Prog-Related Power Metal
Steel Maid - Raptor 2010
 8 years ago
8.5
Retro Non-Prog True Metal
PertnessMyspace.com - From the Beginning to the End 2010
 8 years ago
9.0
Celtic Prog-Related Power Metal
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 8 years ago
9.5
Retro Non-Prog True Metal
ZüülMyspace.com - Howl of the Wolf 2010, EP
 8 years ago
9.8
Retro Non-Prog True Metal
Megalomania 999Myspace.com - Rebirth 2009
 8 years ago
8.5
Technical Prog Death Metal
Legend - Fröm the Fjörds 1979
 8 years ago
9.7
Prog Hard Rock
Tankard - Vol(l)ume 14 2010
 8 years ago
7.5
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
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