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3.28 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Wind (4:15)
2. Hollow (4:56)
3. Glass Wall (4:35)
4. Like a Dream (5:46)
5. Confidence and Trust (2:31)
6. Stain (6:32)
7. Smile (5:34)
8. Flowers Die (5:24)
9. Sail Away (10:44)

Total Time 50:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Markku Kuikka / Vocals
- Sami Saarinen / Guitars
- Jukka Karinen / Keyboards
- Eero Pakkanen / Bass
- Rolf Pilve / Drums

Releases information

LMC321 on Lion Music, release date 4/25/2012

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STATUS MINOR Ouroboros ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

STATUS MINOR Ouroboros reviews

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Review by Matti
3 stars I deliberately chose a Metal album after a Post Metal album. Like SISARE, STATUS MINOR hails from my country Finland, and this is their second album. I must point out that I'm not a listener of Metal / Heavy, but I'm doing my best to evaluate this against my very thin knowledge and interest for the genre(s). Quite certainly this represents the more melodic, more accessible and more likable Metal area to me. First, the vocals of Markku Kuikka are not awful growl but powerful and masculine in a respectable way. And second, the sound is meaty and intensive without getting too aggressive. Keyaboards sometimes get almost buried in the sound wall in the heaviest tracks such as 'Glass Wall', but then enters a keyboard intro of 'Like a Dream', just in perfect time. That beautiful, emotional Metal ballad features the duet vocals of Anna Murphy (whoever she is). Brief 'Confidence and Trust' is completely piano-oriented, and Anna Murphy sings all the vocals. Wow, these things are very nice surprises to my ears, on a Metal album!

'Stain' marks the return to the more typical heaviness, but the bright keys are audible too. That and 'Smile' fail to impress me, but for a Metal fan they probably work just fine. 'Flowers die' starts with a delicate acoustic guitar and is a relatively mellow Heavy Rock semi-ballad, easy to enjoy. It also features a good electric guitar solo. The final track 'Sail away' is nearly 11 minutes and right from the start it has a sense of a prog epic, containing various sections and orientating more towards synths than Metal-style guitars. And again a nice surprise to hear the voice of Anna Murphy, though quite briefly.

Now, the difficult task of rating, from my anti-Metal background. Naturally I'm not saying with these three stars that I'd enjoy this as much as three-star albums on my fave genres, but this clearly is a good product in the genre, and the kind of a Metal album that gradually succeeds to increase my appetite... Make it 3 stars!

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3 stars Finnish prog-metallers Status Minor are ready with their sophomore full-length in the form of "Ouroboros", following up on 2009's "Dialog". Stylistically, the Status Minor stay within the world of progressive power metal, like they did on their debut, thus delivering epic and melodic metal musi ... (read more)

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