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TILL BIRTH DO US PART

Behind The Curtain

 

Progressive Metal

4.00 | 9 ratings

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This album is one of those rare progressive gems that crop up now and then if one really goes beyond the dull tip of the iceberg of the Danish music industry - while Danish commercial music tends to be very uninteresting and characterized by lack of variation, there is a huge underground of really interesting pop and rock music. This body of interesting non-mainstream music is the locus of artists like Anubis Gate, Efterklang, and Mew (who have nevertheless achieved some commercial success) as well as obscure but fascinating one-off releases like Zaragon's "No Return" and Behind the Curtain's "Till Birth Do Us Part".

While the influences from prog metal legends like Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Queensr˙che and, especially, Psychotic Waltz a well as metal acts like King Diamond/Mercyful Fate and Paradise Lost are evident, "Till Birth Do Us Part" is a quite original release which carefully balances hard-hitting groovy riffs, quirky odd time signatures, haunting and atmospheric keyboards, and melancholic piano-parts. Especially the vocals, which sound like a cross between Phil Lynott and Matt Barlow, are interesting and quite unusual for the genre at the time, when more operatic vocals were preferred.

I am sure that most fans of progressive metal, and even some fans of traditional prog rock, will like this album - especially those who are into the psychedelic branch of progressive metal heard on the two first Psychotic Waltz releases.

Time Signature | 4/5 |

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