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READY TO FAIL

Quandary

 

Progressive Metal

3.48 | 21 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars In strict contrast to more or less negative title, Quandary's music is especially uplifting and positive. Clocking at 73 minutes, this CD is packed with tracks ranging from shorter to 2-4 epics (that are 8-20 minutes long). That's a good thing, as it provides a lot of space to exloration of different shapes of genres they're moving in.

From first intro track that presents us band's music range (Rock, dark themed Prog Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy parts), we'll get a preview of how this album will be like. Fortunately, intro is handled well, in similar fashion as full song, as which some may take it. Especially when piano plays, that's my favourite moment. Fast forward to more Prog Rock toned ballads like Waiting For a Change or part operatic, part melancholic, full calm title track Ready To Fail. And then two epics of epics, with particulary interesting second epic (because it's different), which starts very slowly, setting in PM mode after long 6 minutes. It really ends on a high note.

Melody is very difficult beast to tame. However guys from Q. handled it well (and it's not easy job, because everyone can sound cheesy, but to sound interesting and more or less original, it's hard these days). However, beauty of this album strikes me so much that I hesitate how to rate quite a lot. Still, the result is

5(-) because for how it was conceived, produced (nothing "professional", yet perfect sound quality - check band's homepage), for how it sets charming atmosphere and how "fresh" it sounds.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |

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