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CRIMSON II

Edge of Sanity

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.65 | 103 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars My first experience, and I like it!

Yeah! I like this album very much! The reason being: it has great energy (welcome to metal world, my friends!) and catchy melody. Historically, I do not like music that is recorded by a one man band but this one which mainly played by the band's mastermind Dan Swanö is different. It's probably he's quite genius that the listeners (including me) do not really care about how each instrument used in the album means to the listeners. It's because the composition is really solid and the music flows is quite natural and energetic. It starts with something symphonic using keyboard. But what follows later is truly a blast of heavy riff music with beautiful rhythm section, played in fast tempo. I do enjoy this opening track "The Forbidden Words" (1:39) which uses growling vocal but it's nice. It flows almost seamlessly to the next heavy riffs music "Incantation" (5:59). There are many style and tempo changes throughout the song and it makes the progressive feel prevalent.

The transition to next track "Passage Of Time" (5:27) is so seamless and it happens to other tracks as well. So, overall the music sounds like one epic with approx 40 minutes duration in 9 parts. What I do not understand is why the album is divided into 44 sections. But it does not matter to me. What matters most to me is that the album has a solid energy and dynamics throughout the song. The intertwining roles of guitar, keyboard and drums throughout the passages of the music are really great so that the album produces excellent harmony. The growling vocal sometimes sounds like Opeth. The music sometimes delivers breaks with catchy melody of guitar work or keyboard. Even though all songs sound alike but when I listen to the album in its entirety I don't experience getting bored with the riffs or the melody. All of the passages move so nice. Overall, this is an excellent progressive metal album with great music dynamics and many tempo changes performed mostly in fast speed. This is metal, my friends!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Gatot | 4/5 |

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