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THE FALL OF BLISS

Methexis

 

Crossover Prog

3.63 | 45 ratings

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thellama73
3 stars It's always a treat to hear prog from countries that don't necessarily specialize in it. You're sure to get a unique perspective on the genre and hear something new. The Fall of Bliss certainly has it's own tone and point of view, probably due to the fact that it was all written and performed, with the exception of a couple of guest spots, by one man.

Although Methexis is not metal by any means, it is unmistakably modern and you can hear the influence of many a prog metal band. The vocals in particular remind me of Shadow Gallery a great deal. Stylistically, however, the record is more akin to modern symphonic bands and retains a somewhat gentle and colorful tone throughout.

The playing is uniformly good on all instruments, and the songwriting shows many inventive little twists and turns, including odd time signatures and interesting rhythmic touches. That English is not the artists first language is clear, but like many Prog fans I have never been too hung up on lyrics, preferring vocals to be a coloring effect to the music rather than as the driving message of a song.

The Fall of Bliss is Methexis' first album, and at times that shows. While the production is pristine, I feel the album suffers from a general lack of energy. For example, the second song "Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes" could be immensely benefited by increasing the tempo by 10% or so. As it is, one can't help getting a sense of lethargy from the album. At times, such as on the melancholy "Lines on a Bust" this is appropriate. But at other points the music feels like it wants to take off but is held back by a computer generated click track.

The Fall of Bliss is a competent and enjoyable first step for an intriguing new artist. It will be interesting to see how his abilities develop over time and whether his second album exceeds the bar set by this one.

thellama73 | 3/5 |

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