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Leger De Main - Second First Impression  CD (album) cover

SECOND FIRST IMPRESSION

Leger De Main

 

Progressive Metal

3.62 | 13 ratings

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progaeopteryx
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5 stars It took me a long time to get into this release by Leger de Main, but it was well worth my patience. Upon my first listen nearly a year ago, I would have rated it between three and four stars, but I am now convinced that this album is definitely worth five stars. Other than an above-average instrumental introduction, every track on this is exceptional. Although I haven't listened to their 1995 debut, I understand that it is in the progressive metal domain. Second First Impression is more closer to a mix of symphonic prog and art rock with some metal influences.

Second First Impression begins with an eerie sounding instrumental prelude. Nice, but it wouldn't stop a road runner in its tracks. However, things really begin to kick in on Silent Monster, the second track, being a highly energetic, sometimes chaotic instrumental. The song brings out influences from both Yes and ELP, has an incredible performance on the drums by Brett Rodler, and some powerful guitar work by George Jordon, nodding in the direction of Steve Howe. The third track, the 11+ minute Changes With the Day, is a great song. Vocalist Melissa Blair has a lovely voice, similar to Lana Lane, but much more pleasing to the ears. Oddly enough, in parts of the song, her delivery (not sound) is similar to Geddy Lee, which brings a distinct "Rushness" to the overall feel of the song. It's also a bit reminiscent of Mostly Autumn. The fourth track, the 12+ minute Some Shall Search, reminds me of a mix of early Anekdoten and Rush. Another great song, although it's probably a little too long and not as good as the previous track. The guitar work is wonderful. The remaining two tracks are both fantastic, again showing Anekdoten and Rush similarities, but also sounding unlike anything I've heard before.

Overall, a masterpiece, but one that took a lot of time to grow on me. I had difficulties getting through the whole thing on the first listen, but now I consider it one of the essentials of my collection. Leger de Main has influences from Rush, but with a darker sound, like Anekdoten mixed in. Influences aside, they do carry a sound that is quite unique. Incredibly energetic, with a great drummer, a great vocalist that sometimes uses a Geddy Lee vocal delivery, and some amazing guitar work. Highly recommended masterpiece. Easily worth five stars.

progaeopteryx | 5/5 |

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