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A WARM GLIMPSE

Farmakon

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


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3.43 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Loosely Of Amoebas (4:54)
2. My Sanctuary In Solitude (5:06)
3. Mist (4:15)
4. Stretching Into Me (6:13)
5. Same (3:22)
6. Flowgrasp (6:40)
7. Flavoured Numerology (4:53)
8. The Pearl Of My Suffering (6:48)
9. Wallgarden (5:15)

Total Time: 47:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Marko Eskola / vocals, bass
- Toni Salminen / guitars
- Lassi Paunonen / guitars
- Riku Airisto / drums

Releases information

CD Elitist Records

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FARMAKON A Warm Glimpse ratings distribution


3.43
(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
44%
Good, but non-essential (25%)
25%
Collectors/fans only (19%)
19%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

FARMAKON A Warm Glimpse reviews


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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Reviewer
4 stars I started listening to this CD in the car, and thought to myself that here was yet another Death Metal band. But hang on; although the vocals were pure Death, the guitars seemed to be just a little too clean. So when the vocals and music moved into more melodic rock I wasn't too surprised, although I have to confess that I never expected it to move into laid-back lounge. From there the only musical path to take was straight back hard into the heavy stuff. I knew without looking at the CD that this had to have been released by Elitist as they seem to be capturing the market in this style of progressive rock. Many neo-prog fans would shudder at any attempt to describe this music in that way, but this is music that it attempting to cross boundaries (successfully), so surely this really is progressing in the correct sense of the word instead of being regressive?

Farmakon recorded a three song demo in 2001 and then posted it onto www.mp3.com, and were surprised to be contacted by Lee Barrett of Elitist within a few days offering them a deal. Of course, they then had to go off and write some more songs as they only had the three! This is an album that has a lot to offer, from Death to gentle acoustic pieces, but they are played within the same song.

This is an album that is adventurous and compelling, yet can also be hard to listen to just because the music shifts so abruptly. Definitely not for those who follow the mainstream, this album is a delight, and those who want music that can be extremely heavy but is definitely out of the ordinary should seek this out.

Originally appeared in Feedback #76, Oct 2003

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "A Warm Glimpse" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish, Tampere based progressive death metal act Farmakon. The album was released through Earache Records in October 2003. Farmakon formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2010, releasing two demos, one single, and two full-length studio albums in that period.

Stylistically the material on "A Warm Glimpse" is progressive death metal featuring heavy riffs, intriguing melodic leads and solos, acoustic breaks, and both growling and clean male vocals. There are occasional journeys into technical death/thrash territory and also the odd fusion/jazz section thrown in. Other than the last two mentioned elements the music on "A Warm Glimpse" sounds a lot like Opeth sounded around the turn of the millenium. Lead vocalist/bassist Marko Eskola has a voice and growling vocal style which is very similar to how Mikael 'kerfeldt sounds, and that doesn't exactly lessen the Opeth comparisons. Eskola's clean vocals aren't up to par though, and while they work on some parts of the album, they are slightly cringe worthy at other times.

The quality of the material is a bit up and down. Sometimes Farmakon produce some really effectful, heavy, and atmospheric progressive death metal, but their experiments with funk, fusion/jazz, blues, and other genres don't always work that well within their overall progressive death metal sound. Sure the listener is kept on his/her toes throughout the duration of the album, and you never really know what's lurking around the corner, but I end up with the feeling that "A Warm Glimpse" would have been a much better album, had Farmakon focused a bit more on a more conscise songwriting and less on odd musical ideas.

"A Warm Glimpse" is a well produced album, and every instrument and vocal part is heard clearly in the mix. I have to give a special mention to the drum sound, which to my ears is quite brillant. That snare drum sound is just killer. Farmakon are a very well playing band too, and in many ways "A Warm Glimpse" is a high quality progressive metal album. The slightly questionable clean vocals and songwriting which sticks in every direction do dampen my excitement over the album some though. A more open minded listener may find the many odd musical experiments more suiting to the music than I do, but ultimately I find the album more interesting from a musicians point on view than an overall great listening experience. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still deserved though.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

Latest members reviews

3 stars It's interesting that no Opeth fans have done a review of this album yet. Anyway, to tell the truth, my first listen of this album quite put me off. I didn't like the funk sections and some of the guitar playing sounded undefined, the vocals too experimental at times. Well, on second thought, ... (read more)

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