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Fragile Vastness

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3 stars Not as good as "A tribute to life", but is a good prog. metal cd. The cd doesn't has too many influences as we can see on ATTL, but still has some "strange" melodies as we can see on "Flying over nazca".

It's an introduction to what is coming on the next album, I see that they have some great parts, and a lot of "copy & paste" parts which I don't like. Also the sound is quite different, and also there is other guy in the voices, so if you liked the voice on ATTL this can sound a bit different.

Not a very good CD, but I think that it has good moments.

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Posted Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Review Permalink
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3 stars FRAGILE VASTNESS are another band coming out of the newer progressive metal scene along with WASTEFALL and ART OF SIMPLICITY...And what a surprise,they are influeced by PAIN OF SALVATION as their fellows...In their debut they try to create a personal style of playing without achieving it as they sound a lot like POS...Of course the musicianship is excellent and very derivative with a lot of styles starting from mellow moments,getting to a sound close to FATES WARNING and flirting also with a more hardcore sound like FAITH NO MORE...Zacharias Tsoumos' voice is also good,raging from operatic vocals to angry ones without big mistakes in singing...All in all,this is a very strong debut but very unpersonal so I think the most appropriate rating would be 3 stars...If this band develops a more original sound,we will have to deal with a really good act of prog metal...
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Posted Monday, October 6, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars I think this album is very well achived. It es very eclectic and it pulls of the changes well. Songs are well composed and enjoyable from beginning to end. As is to be expected, the musicians are all excellent instrumentalists. Though I tend to find these kind of vocalists slightly annoying nowadays (I used to listen to a lot of heavy and power metal), this guy is a very good singer and has a wide range. The first song grabs you right from the beginning and, funnily enough, I just felt a slight tremor while listening to one of the heavier sections, pretty fun. The songs range from heavy riffing and double bass to tasteful piano and samples. I especially enjoy the instrumental song "Flying Over Nazca" which makes very good use of the bass guitar. The spoken parts in Spanish suprised me the first time and are kind of funny if you're Chilean and have been hearing about the condor (it's on our coat of arms!) and the Andes all your life. The final track, a jazz song with femal vocals, brings it all to a nice end. All in all this can be a very enjoyable album, albeit not a work of genius.
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Posted Thursday, November 27, 2008 | Review Permalink

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