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Shimmering keyboards and chunky guitars make for an appealing debut for this new Danish outfit. They use the musical vocabulary of giants such as KINGS' X, DREAM THEATER and PAIN OF SALVATION to deliver a very personal style of prog metal. Although of fairly young age, the five musicians manage to avoid the beginners' traps (self-indulgent riff-raging exploits, playing full speed ahead during the entire album), using dynamics in a rather effective way, increasing and decreasing the tension evenly throughout their album - even the rare ballads are devoid of 'cheesiness'.

Their only release to date, "Ripples in Time" (2003), features mature song writing, thick keyboards, moody guitars and tasteful drumming, the whole thing delivered by a fine vocalist with a great range who displays both emotion and power - something of a cross between Damian Wilson (ex-LANDMARQ, AYREON), Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION) and Stefan Zell (WOLVERINE). The music could be bolder, with perhaps more creative and compelling arrangements - fewer dominant keyboards and louder guitar, for example - but if this cd is any indication of the band's potential, surely they will come fully into their own by the next album. Definitely a nice piece of ear candy, especially if you like song-oriented metal.

Fans of DREAM THEATER, PAIN OF SALVATION, and particularly RUSH and ARENA will no doubt welcome the 'SHIFT'.

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 Ripples In Time by CHROME SHIFT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 14 ratings

Ripples In Time
Chrome Shift Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I will beggin my review by saying that my fellow prog metal lover sinkadotentree describe exactly what is going on with this album, I feel the same all the way. This young danish prog metal band deliver a single album so far in 2003 named Ripples in time (what a great title), and is in my opinion a good one. The music is ok, even in places is quite intristing with many complex passages like on Sorry ,In My Own Dream or Kosmonauten Er Dod. Typical album for prog metal scene, with many good synth passages and blistering guitars, that gives to the album a good atmosphere. Sometimes they remind me of course of Dream Theater or Empty Tremor. So, as a whole a good album, pleasent most of the time .4 stars easy for sure, they disbanded in 2008
 Ripples In Time by CHROME SHIFT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 14 ratings

Ripples In Time
Chrome Shift Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Ripples In Time" is the debut full-length studio album by Danish progressive metal act Chrome Shift. The album was released through DVS Records in 2003. Chrome Shift was formed in 1999 and released a demo in 2000. They turned out to be a relatively short lived act though and "Ripples In Time" is their sole album release.

The music on the album is progressive metal. Itīs heavy yet melodic vers/chorus oriented metal. The challenging instrumental parts are kept to a minimum so to my ears this is actually more regular heavy metal with progressive elements than full-blown progressive metal. The keyboards do provide the album with a progressive touch though and the closing four tracks which seque into each other to form the epic title track also display some progressive tendencies. Donīt expect this to be as challenging or adventurous as an act like Dream Theater or their ilk though. The compositions are generally solid but they do lack originality and a personal sound.

The musicianship is overall on a high level. Lead vocalist Rasmus Bak has a strong and powerful voice and the interplay between the rest of the band is impeccable. The sound production is relatively well sounding, but nothing special, and it could easily have been better, which would probably have boosted the music.

"Ripples In Time" is overall a decent debut album by Chrome Shift but it will first and foremost appeal to fans of vers/chorus oriented progressive metal and not fans of the more challenging part of the genre. To my ears the music is a bit too safe and lacks the adventurous progressive spirit that characterizes the top tier acts in the genre. But as I stated above itīs a decent album in the respect that the musicianship and the compositions are of a relatively high quality, so a 3 star (60%) rating isnīt all wrong.

 Ripples In Time by CHROME SHIFT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 14 ratings

Ripples In Time
Chrome Shift Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars. Man i had such a hard time with this rating. There is so much to like about this Prog-Metal record from Denmark. The problem for me was it didn't have that ingredients that move me or excite me. It's a great listen but I would reach for dozens of other Prog-Metal cds before I would this one. I'm not a big fan of how the synths are used on this album, and I wish there was more bottom end. It's lacking emotion for me as well. I'm just trying to justify my rating because this is good music.

The first track "Nightmachine" is ok but perhaps not the best track to start off with. "Full Moon" makes up for it though. Some heaviness on this one comes and goes throughout. "In My Own Dream" is another highlight for me and the best so far. I like when he sings "In my own dream" with the backup vocals. Blistering guitar 3 minutes in. Great tune. "Shadowsong" features piano and synths and it's so beautiful. "Through" opens and closes with rain and thunder. In between the focus is on the vocals. It's ok. "Kosmonauten Er Dod" is an uptempo and heavy soundscape but the synths make it average for my tastes.

"Le Temp Des Assassins" opens with a jet taking off. It features thundering drums and aggressive vocals. "Sorry" is better as it goes from mellow to rather emotional and passionate. Some atmosphere 2 minutes in. He screams after 2 1/2 minutes followed by some tasteful guitar. "Ripples In Time" is divided into 4 parts. The first part opens with some synth waves before the drums come in and then some heaviness. I like the deep bass that folows the vocals. Part II continues with some monster bass in the intro. Almost doom-like before 3 minutes. Ripping guitar follows. Part III is slower paced but heavy. Man I wish the rest of the album was like the first three parts of this title track. This part does turn mellow with reserved vocals though. The tempo picks up after 3 minutes. The final part opens with piano. This may be almost ballad-like but it's pretty amazing.

Good but not great.

 Ripples In Time by CHROME SHIFT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 14 ratings

Ripples In Time
Chrome Shift Progressive Metal

Review by arqwave

4 stars This is the kind of band and the kind of record that make you love again prog-metal. A simple yet incredible well-crafted album with nothing but groove, songwriting and naiveness. The opening track, an old feature in this site for quite a while is a good taster and a solid entrance into these paths, however, the record gets better with each track, FULL MOON and IN MY OWN DREAM are very somber and powerful, like an excersise of patience and musicallity, closed by two sort of ballads, or tender moments, that prevents you to get bored and welcomes the nice instrumental piece KOSMONAUTEN ER DOD. After these, the record becomes a little bit more technical and groovy, closing with the long suite RIPPLES IN TIME, a nice approach to late 70's early 80's prog compositions. In the end, the influences are perfectlly recognizable, however they don't try to leave from those benchmarks, but to expand and learn from them, eventually showing a sense of hidden maturity. It's funny, but if you listen carefully, those influences turned out to be less prog and more metal, i any case, this is a very good example of how to create a nice record with a lot of guts. worth the listen.
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