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3.21 | 70 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Recognizing Fate (7:19)
2. Slaves of the Plethoria Season (5:34)
3. Ghosts on Retinas (4:28)
4. Censoring Truth (6:42)
5. Worst Enemy (6:01)
6. My Star (5:40)
7. Another Step (5:58)
8. Shadow of Lucent Moon (7:22)
9. Veil of Illumination (17:25)

Line-up / Musicians

- David Fremberg / vocals
- Johan Reinholdz / guitars
- Fabian Gustavsson / bass
- Thomas Lejon / drums
- Martin Hedin / keyboards

Releases information

Nightmare Records - September 16, 2008

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ANDROMEDA The Immunity Zone ratings distribution

(70 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars The only other ANDROMEDA record I have is "Extension Of The Wish-The Final Extension" (listened to it again this weekend) and lets just say that this latest album from the band isn't nearly as good. That's being kind. Sure this is a good Metal album but to my ears it seems uninspired as they hit us with a lot of heavy riffs in straight-forward tracks. Little in the way of guitar solos as well. One thing I didn't know until now was that ANDROMEDA's drummer Thomas Lejon is also the drummer for another Swedish band called A.C.T. that many of you know.

"Recognizing Fate" has a good heavy intro before settling before a minute when the vocals arrive. Contrasts continue. A spoken word sample comes in after 2 1/2 minutes while the heaviness continues. Some prominant bass before 6 minutes followed by synths. "Slaves Of The Plethora Season" is heavy to open but i'm not a fan of the synths here at all. Vocals come in and I must say the lyrics are poor on this track. Riffs are the best part of this song. "Ghosts On Retinas" is laid back with reserved vocals joining in. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue. "Censoring Truth" sounds fantstic to open as the guitar grinds away then the drums join in with a full sound in tow. Actually it sounds like theremin here or high pitched synths. The synths that follow sound wimpy then the vocals come in as it settles. Not a fan of this one other then the intro. "Worst Enemy" has these almost spoken vocals with gentle guitar and synths to open. It kicks in around a minute. It ends like it began.

"My Star" is the first song on here that has my attention for positive reasons. Heavy intro with synths as reserved vocals join in. Synths before 3 minutes then it's the guitars turn with theatrical vocals. Some great instrumental work follows.This song recalls their past for me. Killer tune. "Another Step" rocks out pretty good but it's fairly straight-forward. It's ok. "Shadow Of A Lucent Moon" is the other song that impresses me a lot. Mellow with gentle guitar and reserved vocals to open. It doesn't kick in until around 3 minutes. Nice guitar solo 5 minute in. "Voice Of Illumination" is the 17 1/2 minute closer. I like the drumming and bass early and the instrumental interlude from before 5 minutes to after 13 minutes. Nice stretch of music.

There are glimpses of what I really like about this band here but overall 3 stars is if anything generous.

Review by Flucktrot
2 stars To be honest, the only thing that really attracts me to this album is the quasi-epic, Veil of Illumination. However, I enjoy that piece enough that it keeps Andromeda on my radar. However, you should be warned that there are plenty of moments containing fairly standard, derivative progressive metal herein.

Veil is very reminiscent of Dream Theater style metal, but with the bass and drums sounding very muddy, and by extension, not very good, although the actual rhythms and syncopation are for the most part good. Parts not involving the main theme and chorus--which I have to admit are extremely catchy--often remind me of some of the more adventurous parts of Metropolis Part I. The highlight for me is the Petrucci-like wailing solo near the middle over synth strings, maybe even reminding me just a bit of Riverside. I love wailing guitar--and I'm a total sucker for this stuff!

Overall, the rating is driven by the epic. 17 minutes of good prog is worth that in my book, although you may reasonably disagree. Just don't expect too much from the rest.

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