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3.97 | 11 ratings

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4 stars Instrumental progressive metal is a genre offering more variety to it's listeners than one might surmise, and Italian band Aphelion presents a strong example of one take on this genre on this initial effort of theirs.

Mixed by a certain Derek Sherinian, we're treated to a beautiful album from a technical point of view. The sound is excellent throughout, and "Franticode" is a shining example of just how good an album can sound if handled by the right people.

Musically we're served 7 compositions, quirky and shifting constructions with a plethora of details and nuances to get familiar with. The opening three numbers are pretty distinct jazz-tinged numbers, with the bass most central in adding jazzy elements to the quirky progressive metal soundscapes. The last four numbers have more of a space-tinged atmosphere to them, and while the nods towards jazzrock and fusion are still present they do take more of a back seat on these excursions.

While arguably not a true classic this is a strong effort, and those looking for a good example of brilliantly produced, quirky instrumental progressive metal should seek out this production.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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