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Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
4 stars Another brilliant sunrise in the spring of 2017. A Greek rock outfit Time Collapse have got started as a promising heavy / experimental quintet, and finally their full-length debut shot "Night To Day" veiled in a beautiful, mysterious sleeve in March, 2017. They say (both in their own bio and upon their Bandcamp page) they are a crossover / metal progressive rock band but sound not of crossover nor of metal for me. Through their debut creation, I guess it should be more natural they are called as a heavy rock project seasoned with metallic taste and slight pop spice. It might be apparent that they would have got massively influenced by 70s Rush or King Crimson.

Their playing technique is quite qualified, and composition and production are well elaborated. Kinda vibration between calmness and loudness is balanced, and their melodic view is filled with cool tightness, deep heaviness, and mystic ethnicity ... sounds inspired by modern Myth. And don't forget their soundgarden itself is leaning towards 70s heavy prog tinged with pop essence eventually. What an amazing manner they invited catchy flavour whilst composing such a deeply heavy opus. Battles of instruments (guitars and keyboards) in the front line supported with the strict rhythm section (especially in Messiah Complex Suite) are excellent although there is not so dramatic nor theatrical atmosphere. We can believe they will create / produce in more and more enthusiastic manner in future yes.

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Posted Monday, May 1, 2017 | Review Permalink
Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
5 stars From Greece, this five piece band delivers their first album about the transition from night to day and darkness into light. This album is the result of 3 years of work and I can say that these guys didn't waste any of their time writing and recording this one. The album starts with a short intense instrumental track. It is followed by some Porcupine Tree experimental soundscapes with piano before the heavy guitars and the vocals kicks in. The mood and the pace of the song can also be close to what Tool has been doing for many years. "Reflecting Lies" show some complex drums patterns and a good use of the vocals and some nice guitar playing. "Night to Day" is another great track with an electronic intro and a piano break, this instrument is, in fact, use a lot on this album to create that duality of the heavy and the light. The songs have a lot of breathing room before the heaviness comes in. After the heaviness of the first part of the 3 parts suite "Messiah Complex", the band surprises us with a 2 minutes loop woman chanting before getting into a heavier mode. The band continue to use that Porcupine Tree rhythm guitar chords but mixed with some original guitar playing and some complex structures. The intensity level of the songs is always present even in the slower pace passages. The last song is another instrumental song to complete the cycle, this one being the acoustic and calm one compare to the first. From the production to the musicianship, the arrangements and the songwriting, this album is an excellent discovery. You can get this one for free at their Bandcamp page, I can't give only 4 stars, compare to what I have been hearing lately, it's a solid 4.6 stars.
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Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 | Review Permalink
4 stars Review # 55. Time Collapse is a rather new band from Athens, Greece, which I discovered recently through Prog Archives. Being from Greece as well, I'm always trying to pay attention and support the bands that come from my country, assuming they worth it of course. I have to admit that during the last 10 years, many bands appeared in Greece that are very interesting to say the least. One of those bands is Time Collapse without a doubt. Almost a month ago (if I'm not mistaken), they released their debut album Night and Day, which includes 7 songs and has a total running time of almost 40 minutes. In my mind, the album is divided into two major parts. If it was a vinyl edition, for example, A-side would be including the first 4 songs and the B-side the almost 18-minute-long suite Messiah Complex, which is divided into 3 parts. But since there is no vinyl edition available (as far as I know), you can buy the album either in a CD, or in a digital form from the band's account in Bandcamp. Now, let's take a closer look at the album: The opening song that works also as the album's intro is the very good and atmospheric Time Bound, which after 2 minutes is being transformed into Time Collapse. These two songs are forming a short 7-minute-long medley, which gives to the listener a pretty good idea of what this band is about. The beautiful psychedelic soundscapes, mixed with loud guitar riffs, accompanied by the excellent collaboration between the bass and the drums, are creating a great overall outcome, which brings to my mind something between Tool and Porcupine Tree. As for the keyboards, they are giving a little "extra" to their sound, without being too much. The band seems influenced a lot from the two bands I just mentioned, but they manage to blend their influences into their sound in such a way that is not a problem at all. Imagine the loud riffs and sudden changes of Tool, combined with the long atmospheric passages of the early Porcupine Tree, and you will get an idea. Also, one of the major problems of the Greek bands, is the English accent on many occassions. Well, no problem here at all. Their singer's voice that is matching the band's sound and his English accent is very good. (He is half English, half Greek). Now, having all these things in mind, it's up to you to decide if you are interested or not, but my recommendation would be to give these guys a chance. Maybe they are not bringing something new or groundbreaking in the modern music scene, but they created a very good and powerful album, that could be appreciated by people with "open ears" and minds. It's not Progressive Rock, it's not Progressive Metal, it is something in between.

4 stars for their first and very interesting album, hoping that they will keep up in the same way in the future!

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Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is the debut album of the band, and i must confess, maybe my No.1 for 2017 till now. It's a heavy prog , still someone might categorised it in the Crossover genre as well.

A great Project, a complete story that describes the metaphorical transition from (our inside) Night to Day, from darkness to light, from our material slavery , rise up to a spiritual freedom.

The thing about this album is that it came to move me from the first time i've heard it, It took me away to different emotional situations, from calm, to sorrow , and from happyness, to sadness. But in the end, all i kept was a feeling of redemption and hope as well.

Excellent complex drum patterns, awesome quitar rythms chords and structures, amazing piano breaks and play as well. The vocals are great too, so passionate in fact, still expect to hear some ''maturity'' from the vocalist to the upper future. The artwork consists a brilliant idea. Let's not forget that we refer to an autoproduction, and that means a lot.

This work consists a play combination from Porcupine Tree, Tool, also Deeexpus and Pendragon in some parts, but i need to mention the YES and ELOY influence to the bassist's play as well.

Last but not least, the unique sound from this album..Completely own to the band...An excellent addition.

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Posted Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Review Permalink

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