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EXTENSION OF THE WISH - THE FINAL EXTENSION

Andromeda

 

Progressive Metal

3.85 | 68 ratings

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CCVP
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4 stars The cover is not as good as the original, but the music behind is

I gotta say: it is truly amazing the importance of a good vocalist in a band and this album proves the importance of a good singer with any trace of doubt. Although the music played here is exactly the same as the one present in their original debut, the album is completely different! The thing is that David Fremberg's vocals fit much better in Andromeda's music than Lawrence Mackrory's vocals and that changes the album for the better. Well, actually there are also 2 more things that changed: this re-release have two bonus tracks that fit perfectly in the original album track list, yet another good point of this album, specially when compared with the original debut.

This album also sets the pace for all further Andromeda's releases and composition style: their music have a great display of musical technique in all instruments and their music is focused on both guitar and keyboard. In other words, their instrumental word is practically flawless (the only flaw is probably the excessive display of technique or big amounts of self-indulgence) and it is the main attribute of their albums. However, besides the quality of this album, the excessive self-indulgence actually brings the grade down, keeping it from being a masterpiece. But it is a very good album nevertheless.

The highlights are: The Words Unspoken, Crescendo of Thoughts, Star Shooter Supreme, Chameleon Carneval, Extension of the Wish, Arch Angel and Journey of Polyspheric Experience (practically the whole album, huh?)

Grade and Final Thoughts

This album have everything good that the original debut had and even more (better vocalist and two bonus tracks), making it worthy to have the four stars grade. However, it could have been a masterpiece if the band were not so self-indulgent.

CCVP | 4/5 |

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