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CHIMERA

Andromeda

 

Progressive Metal

3.58 | 81 ratings

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Epsilon
3 stars They have never been a copy from other bands in progressive music, at least in metal field. Of course they have many influences as any other act but also they have shown album after album and in a sincere way all that passion for music through their songs. In fact, I think that's the key they have always had to find the way of expressing the music's real sense according to their personal and group interpretation of what the melody really is, always helped by their own skills.

They're not an extreme virtuosity music group (but anyone who has listened them knows how good they are as musicians!) and on this opportunity they composed seemingly simple music, accessible to any hearing and if you ask me almost intentionally direct, more than before. Personally I prefer the "complex side" they manifested on Two is One (their best until date in my humble opinion) and certainly influenced by classic progressive rock bands, however on Chimera every piece is well distributed and giving quality to the sum of songs and don't do it to specify in isolated parts.

Can't find any defect in relation to the performance of songs, they're executed amazingly and I would like to make a special mention to Mr. Hedin and Mr. Lejon's work... keyboards and drums are played in an absolutely awesome way but without pretending any excessive instrumental movement that affects the songs. Among the tracks that compose this record I would like to mention some of them that really captured my attention, songs such as:

Going under: it's probably the one of the best tracks on Chimera. It's dynamic, constant rhythm's changes and definitely there's an excellent performance level from everyone in this song, really nice! (9/10).

Periscope: it's an intense mid/fast-tempo that blends heavy and sophisticated music passages with powerful guitar riffs and a notorious keyboard intervention along the track, a great opener (8/10).

No guidelines: another heavy track that makes me to remember a lot Dream Theater's Awake, mostly because of guitar work by Mr. Reinholdz, great job! (8/10).

Iskenderun: the melody and lyrics are catchy, also it possess a magisterial keyboard work creating an atmosphere unique and is supplemented with guitar's heavy rhythms almost all the song (8/10).

The hidden riddle: the more "relaxed" song of all record. Besides, the acoustic guitar section and keyboard's melody are the remarkable points inside the composition (7/10).

By: Epsilon.

Epsilon | 3/5 |

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