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Torman Maxt


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1.58 | 38 ratings

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I don't even know where to begin.

This is a Christian Rock album exploring why God allows pain in this world. It has an obvious Rush sound (the 2112 album especially) and has almost nothing to do with progressive rock. All songs are very short and underdeveloped for a progressive rock album, the instrumental side of the songwriting is dull, monotonous, immature and sometimes awkward. The mood feels unnecessarily upbeat despite what's happening to the main character, it's inappropriate. The harmonization between the instruments feels a bit off sometimes, and not in an avant-garde sense. The melody-writing is very ordinary and you will not hear a single memorable hook in the vocal department. The lyrics are very weak for such a deep concept and the way they are sung does not help me connect with the concept. It just doesn't seem bring any emotions in my case. Finally, I cannot help but notice that some songs are nearly identical to previous ones. This is worse than filler, you just play the songs again and especially "Satan's Second Song" sounds like a copy/paste of the first two minutes of its first part.

There are some nice parts, but they are scarce. The first half of "Satan's First Song" has a very nice and dark rhythm with a memorable driving riff. The beginning of "Job's Song" has a neat 'pinball wizard' intro (The Who), the Angel songs have some somewhat pleasant parts, especially the second one's ambient part, though with the right minds could have been done much better. The ending of the album has a synth drone. Even I could have done a better job there, but it's not bad.

Well, I guess try it, it's free.

Zitro | 1/5 |


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