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3.09 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Living Dead
2. The Colour Of Nothing
3. Sympathy From The Devil
4. The Art Of Becoming
5. In The Night I Walk
6. X=666
7. In Union We Die
8. A Child Is Born In Babylon
9. Holy Brother

Line-up / Musicians

Frode Forsmo bass
Stian Kraboel - guitar
Tony Kirkemo - drums

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MINAS TIRITH The Art Of Becoming ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
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3 stars "The Art of Becoming" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian progressive metal act Minas Tirith. The album was released through Voices of Wonder in 1995. The band had been active in the Norwegian underground since 1989, releasing two avant garde tinged black/death metal demos and an EP.

...the music on "The Art of Becoming" still features traces of extreme metal but, the album is pre-dominantly a progressive metal album. The most prominant extreme metal feature is the occasional semi-growling vocals on the album. Mostly the vocals are clean sung though. Minas Tirith are a trio consisting of Frode Forsmo on bass and vocals, Stian Kraboel on guitar and Tony Kirkemo on drums and they have that distinct stripped down trio sound with a strong emphasis on the rythm section. Both bass and drums are very busy. Iīm sometimes reminded of Rush.

"The Art of Becoming" is what Iīd call an odd ball progressive metal release. Itīs very eclectic with all sorts of musical playing styles and stylistic elements put in. Itīs safe to say that Minas Tirith are not afraid to experiment. I admire their adventurous approach to writing music but there are a couple of issues with "The Art of Becoming" that drag my rating down. First of all the sound production is only semi-professional to my ears (the guitar sound in particular is rather powerless but the vocal production isnīt too successful either) and secondly the clean vocals are a bit "off". So while "The Art of Becoming" is certainly both an intriguing and original sounding progressive metal album, itīs not perfect by any means. a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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3 stars There is some music so original and so oddball it is almost impossible to describe in words. For me, Minas Tirith delivers the prototype of undescribeable music. But I will try my best since this is the first review of this album. I will not be surprised if this is the only review of this albu ... (read more)

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