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A promising band that presents a nice and fresh material from progressive metal!

I'm happy to gain access to the band's debut album Hemina, entitled Synthetic - mainly because I do not disappoint! The truth is that not long ago I heard a piece of progressive metal so good and convincing, and the same can be said of Ephemeral Sunīs album intitled Harvest Aorta, which I heard a lot these days too. Immediately point out that what is being offered here is not 100% original - many places will send the listener to known names with Dream Theater, Symphony X, Ayreon, Pink Floyd - but Hemin offers us a sound so powerful and creative you have to admire your effort.

It is rare to see a brilliant debut album as well, but Synthetic is a exception. The band leader is Douglas Skeene, the neo-prog band Anubis (which also got curious about), here is the vocalist, lead guitarist and keyboardist occasionally. I have deep admiration for this man,his guitar work is strong, your vocals are great (especially in the treble) and keyboard (in union with keyboardist di facto Phil Eltakchi) and fills the atmosphere of this album, with strong and varied solos , which are probably my preferred embodiment here!

There are some negatives, I inform. I personally hate growls though they are scarce and can not really like them. And at times the album seems to lack ideas and drags a bit, which is evidenced in Hunting for Women and Even in Heaven. These however are some exceptions. Overall Synthetic is fabulous and inspired, and all songs are excellent (there are positives in even the two I mentioned). The absolute highlights are the epic To Conceive a Plan, And Now to Find a Friend and Divine, and The Boy is fantastic and exciting To All Dead Wrong Reasons (my gateway to the universe of Hemina).

5 stars for this masterpiece! 2012 promises to be a great year!

voliveira | 5/5 |


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