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3.47 | 42 ratings

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4 stars 'Manifest Tyranny', album number five by Swedish prog metal masters Andromeda, once again has the band pushing themselves to try new things and evolve their sound. This time, an interesting mixture of the riffage displayed in 'The Immunity Zone' and the proggy atmosphere of 'II = I' help Andromeda to sound a lot more mature and "complete" than ever before.

Of course, the major difference between this and past records, is that the group have finally succumbed to the trend which catches up to most metal bands... the dreaded political album! Lyrically, this isn't much different than any other band who has politically-themed songs. Musically however, the band are as tight and as intense as ever, with some ridiculously heavy and thrashy songs that show a band who are willing to try different approaches to their music with each album.

As always, each member here really demonstrates abilities that puts them at the top of their chosen instrument. After the more stripped down approach of their previous album, guitarist Johan Reinholdz is really prepared to rip things up again, producing riffs, matched note-for- note by keyboardist Martin Hedin, that will have most thrash metal fans drooling. Thomas Lejon's lightning-fast drumming is wonderfully backed up by newcomer Linus Abrahamson, who's bass playing earns him his place in the band. And all of this is topped off by David Fremberg, one of the most underated vocalists in music today.

As always, Andromeda have released an album that further solidifies them as one of prog metal's finest bands, and with a new label backing them, and with more coverage and better reviews than ever before, this album will hopefully be the start of Andromeda really "stepping up" to become big contenders to Dream Theater's throne.

Valarius | 4/5 |


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