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SECRET SPHERES OF ART

Alogia

 

Progressive Metal

3.51 | 7 ratings

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tardis
3 stars Secret Spheres of Art is a satisfying album for anyone who enjoys progressive metal, but certainly non-essential.

Secret Spheres introduces the album with a good, solid pace by Damir Adzic on the drums, reminding me of Adagio and some of its creative time signatures. The spacy interlude halfway through the track is followed nicely by some slick solo guitar by Miroslav Brankovic. Finally the song finishes with a driving barrage on the drums. One of the highlights of this album.

Journey Into The Dawn Of Life is a short atmospheric passage with some beautiful keyboards by Branislav Dabic.

Jumping ahead to Legend Of A Stolen Heart, a frantic pace is established with some nice work on drums and guitars. The next track, however, is the highlight of the album for me. I truly warmed up to Falling Asleep with its catchy guitar riff and a beautiful melody that manages to flourish throughout the song, but isn't overworked. Fun and enjoyable to listen to, easy on the ears, and a nice chorus to boot. It was one of the first songs along with Secret Spheres to capture my attention for this album.

Next is Kontinuum. It works effectively with a lonely soundscape and echoing guitars, followed closely by a heavier element of distortion and finally an exciting buildup of drums that had me fooled into anticipating an explosion of sound but instead ending with a radio fade, which was still satisfying.

Mystica Aegyptiorum is a short track that lives up to its name with a middle-eastern flavour, desert winds blowing in the background and some exotic guitar.

I was a little disappointed with the next track . Although it manages to keep the fast pace going by jumping right in with some nice drum and guitar work, and a heavy riff is introduced to add some depth, the overall song and vocals feel standard.

Beyond The Time feels like more of the same, although there was some nice solo work and a classical passage (not sure what composer originally made it, although it is well known) repeats itself first in the second portion of the song with Miroslav's guitars then a background passage in the end of the song with violins.

Lament is a ballad of sorts that slows down the pace of the album a bit, but felt lacking.

The next two tracks I continued to lose interest, as I felt the music was just a rehash of what I had heard earlier, although the last passage of As The Time Passes By redeems the song by with an enjoyable short guitar solo.

My attention was really brought back with Overture Solemnis, however, as I found the melody pleasant and as momentum builds with the guitars, I had a sense of anticipation which is rewarded when the guitars kick in. Miroslav does some more nice solo work here as well.

Finally, the album closer Samson begins with a nice introduction, capturing my attention immediately. Overall an enjoyable track, but nothing spectacular. However, it does justice to the album and leaves me feeling ultimately satisfied.

Although I felt the album begin to lose some momentum in the latter half, it finished off on a high point and I was not left feeling disappoined. I found Secret Spheres Of Art to be a consistent and interesting effort worth having in my collection.

tardis | 3/5 |

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