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AS WE KNOW IT

Hemina

 

Progressive Metal

3.78 | 21 ratings

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5 stars Wow, I was just searching these guys up on google then and saw that they were already on the archives. This band surprises me for a few different reasons:

1. I'd never heard of them until I read the ProgArchives forum; 2. This style of music is completely fresh to Australia; 3. I can't stop listening to this and it's only an EP.

I am a sucker for a nice piece of abstract art and love this cover. I am not too sure what the concept is behind it but I am assuming it's got something to do with their album coming out next year, I guess we'll see when that happens.

The segues between songs are very smooth and the EP feels like one big piece, yet each song has it's complete identity and can be listened to on its own. The musicianship on this CD is second to none without the over-the-top histrionics and wankery that one can come to expect from the general sea of Dream Theater clones in the genre (and I love DT).

The vocal blend and harmonies are wonderful and when those third (or fourth) voices come in, the result is simply magical.

The guitar parts are neither overstated or understated and work well to show Douglas and Mitch's virtuosity whilst always complimenting Phillp's diverse pallete of textural layers and blistering leads. It's always nice to see a lady behind the bass and to hear such great counterpoint work is an added bonus.

In terms of musical highlights, I'd have to say 'And Now to Find a Friend' is my probably favourite due to the diverse and epic journey it takes you through on every listen. Notable mentions goto the piano outro on 'With What I See' and everything after the drums come in on "For All Wrong Reasons'.

I understand that 5 stars is reserved for progressive masterpieces and I would truly give this at least a 4.5 stars for the enjoyment it has brought me and I truly think that if Hemina's album is as good as this with all its great elements but on a larger scale, it will truly be a masterpiece.

ProgressiveMetaller | 5/5 |

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