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LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT

Liquid Tension Experiment

 

Progressive Metal

3.80 | 323 ratings

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3 stars "Liquid Tension Experiment" is the self-titled full-length studio album by US progressive metal act Liquid Tension Experiment. The album was released by Magna Carta in March 1998. Liquid Tension Experiment is an instrumental progressive metal/ fusion project by three members of Dream Theater and bassist Tony Levin (known for his work with among others Peter Gabriel and King Crimson).

The music on the album is intrumental progressive metal/ fusion. All musicians are extremely skilled and weīre treated to technical playing on a very high level. While the tracks feature re- occuring themes, much of the material sound like it was created while jamming. Tony Levinīs use of the chapman stick gives the bass part of the music a rather significant sound, but itīs mostly guitarist John Petrucci and keyboard player Jordan Rudess who leads the show with one blistering solo after another. Thereīs room for more mellow melodic work too though and the album balances between faster paced progressive metal/ fusion and mellower almost new age sounding sections. Drummer Mike Portnoy is as usual a powerhouse.

While the album is in many ways a both pleasant and solid effort, I generally think itīs too obvious that this is a side-project the members created to have fun. Itīs not like the music reflect that they have anything important on heart or that they spent oodles of time writing and discussing how the music should sound. While such a loose approach to writing music works for some, I wouldnīt say I find this particular album a great artistic success. If you think you can enjoy light weight progressive metal/ fusion with a rather carefree approach to writing memorable tunes this might be something for you. For me personally the album passes by without many hooks or memorable moments to hold on to and Iīm ultimately left a bit unimpressed with the songwriting and with the sterile sound production too. A 3 star rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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