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RETURN TO FOREVER

GB Arts

 

Progressive Metal

3.33 | 2 ratings

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poito
4 stars Short and easy. A friend recommended this band and though I was a bit skeptical (too many metal bands trying to prog) I have to admit they are good, really good. It is not a standard prog metal based on guitar riffs. The tunes are well crafted, all guys play for the group, the themes are melodic without strong changes of tempo, and the vocals do not offend (others would praise, but you know, I'd rather listen to a triangle). The music is varied, with lots of metal prog gimmicks perfectly combined, short enough not to bore, not to remind of anyone (in the end, they are only bricks for the composition, you know). So, you have here a bunch of more than decent tunes conducted by the guitar, nice keys, no highs no lows (but check these three: "Falling Rain" "Behind the Mirror" and the bonus "Parade of Innocence"), and what you want to hear: no bore. Actually, from this album, the band deserved much more than they got. Maybe they missed a few long themes to convince the scavengers in the music industry and some more guitar/key solos (there are too few) to liven up the themes, which not being long they may swamp a bit with overdose of lyrics (obscuring some barely audible background keys that might have done better at the front). For a debut album in the nineties, it is well close to a 4. Nearly 20 years gone and still fresh, that's something in prog metal.
poito | 4/5 |

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