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ANOMALY are a 4-member Dutch band whose style deftly combines prog metal, fusion and classical themes, with a focus on electric guitar and keyboards. Their music often sounds improvised and takes a while to sink in, but their compositions are mature, the arrangements sophisticated, and the overall effect is a perfect blend of beauty and strength - a combination of jazz and metal elements that sounds totally natural. Although hailed as the Dutch LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, they definitely have a style of their own. The band consists of keyboard player Ivar Pijper and guitarist Rory Hansen who both write all of the bands' compositions, and of John Aponno on bass as well as John Paul Muñoz on drums.

Their only album is an all-instrumental masterminded by (then) 19-year old Pijper, a keyboard player in love with the classical composers (Chopin, Bach, Rachmaninov, Debussy) as well as with the likes of AEROSMITH and QUEEN. These influences form the basis of ANOMALY's music: intricate melodies intertwined with hard-etched riffs, where technical supremacy never goes over the top or looses focus. Hansen plays his rhythm guitar with tight, melodic metal chops, often conversing with Pijper's keyboards - which are very close to fusion but can also be lushly symphonic. Bassist Aponno puts in an excellent performance, alternately plucking away and gleefully going at it 'slap-bass'. And drummer Muñoz (who used to play in a VAN HALEN cover band) impresses with his Portnoy-esque drum style. ANOMALY: a real treat and a brand new way of looking at prog metal.

Highly recommended to progheads who aren't afraid of transcending the metal boundaries. This music is sure to click with some jazz fans too.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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 Anomaly by ANOMALY album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Anomaly Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars To sumarise this band and their music - captivating

Wow, I never thought they sound so good, when I've puted my CD to listen in first place 5 years ago. At first spining this dutch band knocked me out of my socks, Anomaly (forgot to tell you the name of the band, to be not confused with the american same name with Sean Reinert at the helm) did avery good job here. The album selftitled from 2000 released at a small label Bee & Bee Records from Hague (Holland) is a journey into jazz fusion metal of the highest calibre. These guys knows how to use the instruments and give something realy spectacular, not far from Cynic (but without voice of course), Gordian Knot. A superb album that has everything must had a fusion metal release, complex arrangements with stunning fretless bass lines made by John Aponno (maybe one of the most underrated jazz fusion playes of this decade), superb guitar chops and what to say - solid and captivating drum elements. The fusion metal is all over the album, from more mellow escapades with nice piano and keys passages to more rougher ones where Rory Hansen the guitar player shines. John-Paul Muñoz drumer and the gear of this album is simply amazing, what he does on some pieces is beyond easy listning, ex: Xtreme and VIR2AL ( a more laid back piece with nice atmosphere and excellent work on keys and drums), maybe the best pieces from here, the rest are also outstanding. In the end a highly recommended band and album for prog metal listners but aswell jazz fusion amateurs will enjoy this one very much. A very solid album with superb musicianship who manage to release only one album, sad, because they were a very promising band with a lot of potential. This album must be clasified as a major release in this field, while is not so known to larger public they desearve to be discovered for sure. Highly recommended - 4-4.5 a close to be a masterpiece, essential to any collection.

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Anomaly Progressive Metal

Review by CGH Tompkins

3 stars When i first heard anomaly (2 years ago?) i was expecting some kind of technical metal, because i was told that, it wasn't the case, but it didn't bother me, i like the new.

So, what i found in this band is some kind of "jazz-metal", something different from what i've heard in the last years, i can't tell you that this is the first band who tried this, but, at least, it sounds very different form others band, so, at the beginning it was the good point of this band, the bad point came after i while, after many listening: this guys tried to do the same "jazz-metal" in all the songs, but in other ways, the problem is that they couldn't create more than one type of sound, the whole album was the same idea, trying to be different, it was a bit repetitive, i couldn't find high points on the music, but neither low ones, so, i can't say it was a bad experience, but they weren't able to give more than one soun to the album, and with that sound they couldn't catch my whole attention.

Conclusion: not a bad album, but too repetitive for me, for the ones who are looking new ways to do metal, this could be an option, a serious one, but be ware, maybe heard the same idea for 40 minutes could be a little bit boring.

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Anomaly Progressive Metal

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Anomaly was a very promising Dutch progrock band with members who all had a different musical background, this led to an exciting chemistry! Unfortunately their record company run out of money, soon they disbanded.

1. B-YOND 2K (5:34): This an alternating piece with fine breaks, metal-guitar riffs and propulsive drums, orchestral keyboards and Holdsworth-like guitar runs.

2. >4TH&X (4:06): A very exciting tension between the propulsive metal-guitar riffs, classical keyboards and jazzy, Holdsworth inspired guitar work. It sounds very dynamic.

3. 101101001 (4:58): The first and final part contain a harpsichord-electric guitar duet, halfway fiery electric guitar, a virtuosic guitar-keyboard duet and a powerful rhythm- section.

4. Xtreme (4:54): The intro contains beautiful acoustic piano play, then sensitive electric guitar, great guitar-overdubs and a break with the captivating blend of metal-riffs on guitar, a choir and orchestral keyboards.

5. Mt Chamber (4:40): This one is very fusion inspired featuring vibraphone, warm fretless bass, wonderful strings and in the end a spectacular synthesizer solo.

6. XS D-NIED (5:06): Here a metal-fusion climate, very powerful with a freaky Moog- like synthesizer solo, vibraphone runs and Holdsworth-like guitar play.

7. VIR2AL (8:36): First strings and vibraphone, then a fusion atmosphere with fretless bass, a swinging keyboard solo and a great build-up delivering fiery electric guitar and splendid Fender Rhodes and Moog samples.

8. None Of The Above (4:48): Here we can enjoy a swinging clavinet and again Holdsworth-like guitar work along a flashy duel between the bass and keyboards.

THIS IS A DUTCH PROGROCK ALBUM TO BE PROUD OF!!



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Anomaly Progressive Metal

Review by danzoc

4 stars Fantastic album! Though it's an instrumental album, it's written a name of a vocalist... :- P I believe that must be the keyboardist, Jim Dorian! It's very diverse, progressive and yet, melodic and metal. Great one!

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