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3.26 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Crosses In The Sand 06:10
2. Human Angels 07:33
3. Tribal Scars 04:27
4. Dreams Unbroken 06:20
5. Sorrow's End 05:02
6. Rebuilding The Ruins 06:05
7. My Stigmata 07:46
8. Native To His Land 05:10
9. Children Of Autumn 06:20
10. On Elevated Ground 06:35
11. Sunlight Of The Spirit Part IV - Images Of Eden 12:14

Line-up / Musicians

Gordon Tittsworth- All Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar
Dennis Mullin-Lead Guitar
Chris Lucci-Drums
Dean Harris-Piano & Keyboards

Releases information

Will be released in February, 22, 2011

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Review by J-Man
3 stars Images of Eden has been silently making waves in the underground U.S. progressive metal scene for quite some time now, and Rebuilding the Ruins is now their third album. What was once upon a time a one-man act is now a full-blown band with plenty of assets to win over a new legion of prog metal fans. Rebuilding the Ruins is a very strong album from beginning to end, and, although it suffers from a few genre clichés, it's an impressive effort from this American quartet. People who've enjoyed the band's previous outings, or enjoy traditional prog metal in general, should definitely check this one out. These guys wear their influences on their sleeve, but they wear them proudly, and have delivered a killer third album here.

Rebuilding the Ruins is progressive metal played in the old-school U.S. style. Obvious points of reference are bands like Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Queensr˙che, or Psychotic Waltz. As such, this isn't the most revolutionary formula out there, but the delivery and compositional prowess of Images of Eden is enough to make up for their somewhat derivative approach. The compositions are generally very memorable, the musicianship is professional, and the sheer emotion they inject into their music is impressive in itself. Just listen to songs like "Children of Autumn" or "Sunlight Of The Spirit Part IV- Images Of Eden" and you'll understand how this band puts their heart and soul into every note they play. My biggest issue here is ultimately the playing time, which almost reaches the 74 minute mark. Although there's plenty of variation to keep me entertained, I could see Rebuilding the Ruins benefiting greatly from a shorter length (somewhere in the 45-50 minute range maybe). The production is also, while not crippling, slightly under par. It sounds professional, but almost "low-budget" in a sense. That's not a huge complaint from me, though - production like this doesn't hurt my listening experience in any way.

Rebuilding the Ruins is a great album by Images of Eden that I would strongly advise fans of American-sounding progressive metal to take a listen to. There are enough memorable hooks, breathtaking instrumental runs, and interesting compositions to keep me coming back for more and more. If you're a fan of Fates Warning and Dream Theater, checking out this album will be a mandatory benchmark for 2011. I'll go with 3.5 stars here - Images of Eden has created some standout material that's surely worth looking into.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Finaly, Images of eden releasing their third album after almost 5 year gap from previous one. Issued this year, february 2011 at Lifeforce records named Rebuilding The Ruins is a continuation of what they offerd on Sunlight of the spirit, but this time with some power metal parts included here and there. Some changes in memebers stuff, a new drumer Chris Lucci and the keybords duty now are left to handle to Dean Harris, because this instrument was part Gordon Tittsworth skills to be managed in before, who also was busy with bass and vocal arrangements aswell. Now the album has a solid sound, very full, the guitar chops are great, on some pieces sre very strong like on title track, My stigmata or Native to this land, excellent musicianship for sure. Again same problem, to me of course, maybe to others is ok like this, but the keybords are left to background only, ok, the arrangements are well played and fits perfectly with guitar and overall sound, but I wanted more combinations between this instrumen and the rest, because gives a much more complexity and in same time melodic aproach to the music. So, neverthe less a good album that desearves 3 stars, not so good as previous one, but still enjoyble, yet nothing realy outstanding , only good and nothing more. Fans of prog metal can listen to this band because has some good album in their pockets.

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4 stars Dreams Unbroken Before I even listened to this album I had very high expectations. For one, it was a concept album, so I assumed that "Rebuilding the Ruins" would have very nice flow to it. Also, from what I had heard, the musicianship on this album was very good. I was not let down on either ... (read more)

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