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LULLABY FOR HEROES

Maze Of Time

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 38 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
4 stars "Gone ', but I hope not forgotten!"

After the self-pressed mini-album Under The Sun (3 songs) from 2003, Swedish prog formation Maze Of Time released three CD's between 2006 and 2012 (all on the Dutch label Art Performance Production), this review is about their second effort entitled Lullaby For Heroes, from 2008.

With a slightly changed line-up (lead singer Jesper Landen instead of guitarplayer/singer Christer Lindstroem) 'the Mazekeepers' showcase a stunning progress on their second album, after a few listening sessions I noticed that this CD grows and grows! The sound on the 8 compositions alternates between neo-prog, melodic rock, symphonic rock and progmetal. I am very pleased with the tasteful keyboard colouring (from tender piano to bombastic organ and often pleasant interplay with the guitar), the strong English vocals (evoking Uriah Heep singer Bernie Shaw) and the flowing rhythm-section.

But the focal point is the excellent guitarwork by Robert I Erdman: from propulsive heavy riffs to fiery, howling and moving runs. He is obviously inspired by the famous rock guitarists but with an own touch, he succeeds to add an extra dimension to many songs. Especially in Chemical Sleep (Malmsteen-like heavy solo as a perfect end of that song). But also in the splendid track Do Androids: wah-wah drenched and in the final part an exciting build-up solo. And fiery interplay with lush organ in Temple Of The Gods.

The best examples of Mazo Of Time their progress can be heard on the longer compositions Lullaby For Heroes (varied with splendid shifting moods and great work on guitar and keyboards), the alternating Do Androids (tasteful Fender piano and sensational interplay between guitar and keyboards) and the magnum opus Temple Of The Gods (17 minutes): lots of compelling moments with wonderful guitarwork and beautiful organ waves.

A big hand for Maze Of Time, I am sure that this varied and melodic music will please a wide progrock audience!

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |

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