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Progressive Metal

3.78 | 21 ratings

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3 stars I've lost my specs again.

Misread the name of this band as 'Hernia'....

This Australian band play a fairly palatable prog metal. Yes, this is a fair debut, but to be honest there are so many Prog Metal bands doing similar stuff this one is in danger of slipping into a morass of like sounding bands.

The opening number 'Lonesome Angel' promised much with spacey synths and tasty vocal chorus.

This leads into - presumably - the flagship track of this EP, 'And Now To Find a Friend' (which of course, brought to this old fool's mind Budgie's ' Never Turn Your Back on a Friend'). Clocking in at very respectable 10 minutes plus. It's a veritable slab of Prog Metal, but I found my mind wandering at times. Not because it was boring, but because I felt I'd heard it all before.

'For All the Wrong Reasons' is an accoustic based track with fine vocals and a rather pleasant melody. Seems to be chopped off at the end. I'm not convinced that it is meant to end like that, perhaps I have got a duff copy.

'With What I See', brings back the drum clubbin' expected of a PM band. Some great melodic soloing here. Probably the best song on this EP by far.

The EP is rounded off with a short keyboard outro instrumental 'The Hunt' which is skilfully and tastefully crafted.

Hemina certainly seem to occupy the lighter end of the Prog Metal spectrum. There is no frenetic, mindless drum clubbin' and no lumpen welts of speed metal here that seems to preoccupy the heavier end of this scale. No, this is a very good effort indeed, full of harmony and well thought out songs but as I said at the start, Hemina lack identity.

The release of the full album may improve this, but they still have one hell of a lot of competition.

pussywillow | 3/5 |


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