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FANTASMA

Everon

 

Heavy Prog

3.94 | 62 ratings

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Menswear
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2 stars Ho-hum.

Many sites are giving good reviews about Everon, and many reviewers seemed to be totally into this german band. I searched a bit, and in the end, Fantasma seemed to be a reasonnable choice to start somewhere.

Hey, why not trying it?

Here's why: been there, done that. Even for a Néo-progressive amateur as myself, this album is simply the same recipe but done more heavily. It's not that it's bad, it's just that for the experienced listener, this will make you wonder what they've ment by making a record on this worn sound. I simply sick and tired of hearing a sound that could easily pass for something done 18 years ago. Frankly, I really wanted to like this record, but it keeps pushing me away and pulling me back at the same time.

There's a suite nicely done, with small orchestration and a tangible desire to please your ears in melodic lines, but again, they simply cannot hold my attention for a long time. There's too much stuff to say, and too few intstrumental passages. Althought on the good side, this is probably the heaviest Néo-prog band I've heard. The guitars are cutting sharply the chords and sometimes the crunch factor could surprise you.

The frustrating factor of the 'old sound' is really dragging me away. Play that to your friends and they'll ask: 'Dude, why don't you cut on the 80's, eh?' The closest influences I could scout could be the Power Windows/ Hold your Fire period of Rush...and this record been done in 2000 by the way! Once again, I don't know why so much bands are nostalgic about this period. Don't you want to make a living out of your music? Not a good marketing move here, guys.

Okay, okay. This is not a bad record in any ways. The songs are pleasant and very melodic and there's a certain heavyness, not seen enough in the Néo genre. But once again, go with more original bands first like the latest Arena or IQ material. To me this type of material really needs a lifting, even if it's renewing your sound completely (which they should do).

Once again, a let down from the Néo departement.

Menswear | 2/5 |

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