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Amaran's Plight


Progressive Metal

3.95 | 175 ratings

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A good debut from a Progressive Rock super group starring the brain of Shadow Gallery: Gary Wehrkamp. It is symphonic rock in the vein of Shadow Gallery though with less heavy metal elements. The musicianship is very good but never attempts to have moments just for the sake of showing how good the musicians are. Everything is done to compliment the concept behind "Voice in the Light" and the way the music is arranged makes it sound like these guys have been playing together for a while.

The vocals are the best part. They have a lot of feeling into them and adapt to any style necessary; he does it all: from Queen-like harmonies, Bruce Dickinson acrobatics, to Shadow Gallery style vocals. The drumming from Nick is a bit simple and restrained, but it sounds really refreshing and natural as well. He shows you that you don't need ultra-fast doublebass drums and 64th note drumming in this type of music. The concept and lyrics are solid, never being pretentious, complicated, or dumb. The songs are never below-average and while the length of the album is a bit longer than I would prefer, it doesn't get me too tired in the second half.

If there are highlights, they have to be the epics "Incident at Haldeman's Lake" and "shattered Dreams" while the rest of the album is quite solid and consistent in quality. "Incident" is divided into three parts, having a brilliant and intense instrumental sandwiched by more melodic lyric-sections. The drummer shines in this track. "Shattered Dreams" has an extended instrumental section as well, featuring a long guitar solo that gels so well with the music that you might not even realize that it's a solo. Other interesting songs are "Viper" which sounds similar to Symphony X: up-tempo, heavy, and having those massive harmonic choruses and "Betrayed By Love" which is varied enough to justify its length and has very emotional guitar playing. "Revelation" is a satisfying conclusion, though not on par with the other epics.

Zitro | 3/5 |


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