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OCEANS

Hydrotoxin

 

Progressive Metal

4.12 | 20 ratings

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Giant Hugweed
4 stars I stumbled across this album when it was on sale for (I believe) ?4,=.

Fine prog Metal band from German who, for as far as I can tell, only recorded one CD.

If you're into ("When day and dream unite" period )Dream Theater, or Lab˙rinth then I guess you'll like this a lot. Hydrotoxin was (is?) clearly a band with a lot of potential, this particular CD features intricate prog-metallish tracks of which "Infinite ways" and "Oceans" are my favourites.

The Drums are a lot like Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, following the emphasis in the songs, adding enough to support the guitars or keyboards, but more relaxed than Portnoy's work.

The vocals by Jioti Parcharidis is a mixture of DT's James LaBrie and Lab˙rinth's Roberto Tiranti, although not as monotonous as Tiranti can be sometimes, especially during the early Lab˙rinth albums prior to their 7th album entitled "Lab˙rinth". Although Jioti's a good singer, it's not as good as LaBrie is......well, the way James Labrie is studio-wise, that is. The band features fine played and percieved guitar parts by Andreas Kienitz, nothing earth moving, but in this production all's well and in it's place. The keyboards are a mixture of Derek Sherinian meets marillion's Mark Kelly (The keys on track 3 : "Labyrinth" are great)

well produced and performed album for prog metal lovers.

Standout tracks : Infinite Ways, Oceans, labyrinth. Lesser tracks : Doors to december, aquasun.

Giant Hugweed | 4/5 |

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