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WALK IN MINDFIELDS

Ivanhoe

 

Progressive Metal

4.32 | 10 ratings

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JJVilzu
4 stars This is my first review, and only because i felt this album deserves at least one decent review!

This is as i categorize traditional melodic heavy metal with progressive influences. This is much like Dreamtheater, but not as dull as they are on almost every album. These guys are innovative and they do not fear sounding queer, much like Queensryche on their first albums, but much more refined. And they do not sacrifice the joy and the flow of music in the altar of progressiveness like many prog bands are forced to do as they do not have any ideas genuinly new anymore.

I tend to judge the music by "feel". It is a very amateur way to judge, but that thatīs all i want from my music, the feeling. It is important to master ones instruments but if the soul is missing, the skill does not take you anywhere. The queerness without any connection to reality is in vain. That is why i quite like this album. It has the traditional values of touching music but with if not a totally new touch but at least a sophisticated version of personality to it.

I tend to listen way too hefty music at times, fusion, death metal, classical etc. And this album is a welcomed salvation to my strained hear. It is easily accessible but still so very rewarding, so easy to fade into.

This is not the innovation of the century, but it is something that the great Dreamtheater havenīt done for a while; This is progressive and melodic, enjoyable metal done with the devotion required to make it really work.

If any complaints required, there is a song that is faded out on this record, which is a crime against music if you ask me. Otherwise musicianship, vocals and production are of a high level.

JJVilzu | 4/5 |

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