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THE FACE OF THE UNKNOWN

Aeon Zen

 

Progressive Metal

3.32 | 22 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars The one man project by Rich Hinks is back again for the second album.

Rich Hinks is helped out by a lot of guest vocals here, including Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard). The music is middle of the road progressive metal with some traces of AOR and art rock. There are some hard rockers here and some ballads. The instruments are the usual progressive metal fare. Obvious references are Dream Theater. The sound are really good. So are the musicianship and the vocals. A very well done job by everyone involved.

One man band mostly means a pretty inward looking one dimentional result. And there is no denying that this album also have a lot of that. But the addition of the guest vocals has added a lot to this project too.

I am by no means a fan of progressive metal. But this album is very good in my ears. It is varied, it has a lot of really good melody lines and it is obvious Rich Hinks is onto something with Aeon Zen. This is a very good studio album which cries out to be played live. I will gladly pay for being there.

This album is recommended to all progressive metal fans out there.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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