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TRANSCENDENCE

Crimson Glory

 

Progressive Metal

4.05 | 164 ratings

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Aetius
4 stars Transcendence is a spectacular album. It is a masterpiece of progressive metal, and the vocal ability of Midnight. I'm not sure why this band didn't make it big. They are all talented musicians, and some of the songs on this album are the epitome of great prog metal.

Although it's not quite as progressive as it should be, it's still very enjoyable to listen to. The overall sound of the album is reminiscent of Iron Maiden, and their harmonic guitar styles. I also haven't anything to compare with Midnight's vocal range besides Geddy Lee of Rush. The only problem with Midnight's singing is that it can get cheesy and sort of 'over the top.' (Listen to 'Eternal World's chorus).

One of the biggest problems I have with this album are the lyrics. The lyrics are pretty inane, but it doesn't deter from the overall musical quality. I also don't believe there is one cheerful song on the album. Practically every song has something to do with 'pain and misery' and it gets exasperating.

The two highlights of this album are "Burning Bridges" and the title track "Transcendence." Burning Bridges both encapsulates the great musicianship and songwriting of the band, but also the vocal ability of the singer. It has a great acoustic intro, and the singing at the beginning is beautiful. It goes into some impressive guitar work from Jon Drenning, and eventually goes into 'part II' of the song, where Synthesizers overtake the Lead Guitar to make a peaceful but energetic ending.

Transcendence on the other hand is almost entirely acoustic. It is a deeply haunting ballad, and the lyrics on this song are probably the best on the album. I especially like the electric solo that comes as the song begins to end.

Overall, a Great Album. It's not essential, due to some shortfalls in the songwriting and lyrics, but it still is a spectacular album to listen to.

Aetius | 4/5 |

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