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3.66 | 17 ratings

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4 stars A very obscure prog metal band from Germany, undeservingly so, along with other German bands such as Poverty no Crime, Soul Cages or Dreamscape. There are similarities with the mainstream, Dreamtheater school of prog metal - 7-minute-plus songs (and 12-minute-plus, and 20-minute-plus), the heavy/melodic approach, frequent melody changes, diverse instrumentation and vocalizations - but it's got a mind of it own. You won't find much blazing solos here. This isn't Shine on You Crazy Diamond-slow, but the band definitely isn't hurrying anywhere (their other album, Inside the Atmosphere, is a bit more energetic). However, the end result is surprisingly groovy stuff, distinctive among its peers that it uses almost no thrash or power metal. Despite ominous titles like Scum of Society or Spiral of Pain, this isn't particularly heavy or depressing. A big reliance is on vocals, which you can't blame the band for, since the vocalist is very good. Seriously, Queensryche's Geoff Tate good. Not because they are same (Oliver Wullf has a deeper register), but because they are similarly impressive.Too bad the vocal isn't backed, at least sometimes, by more lively melodies. But I'll give them the benefit of a doubt for their distinctiveness.
Progrussia | 4/5 |


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