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MISCELLANE

Progressive Metal • Slovakia


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Miscellane biography
Founded in 1993, MISCELLANE released a demo in 1995 titled "The Wave". After several line-up changes and despite some serious setbacks (health problems, a car accident), the four Slovakian Metal lovers released an official Prog Metal album in 2002 titled "Painted Palm". Reducing the band's style to Prog Metal, however, would be unfair as their music goes beyond the genre, focussing on atmosphere and melody much more than most metal bands dare to; think of them as some sort of 'ARENA meets THRESHOLD' if you will.

Mixed and mastered by American producer, engineer and musician Paul Speer of ROCKENFIELD/SPEER fame, the album "Painted Palm" is quite an ambitious project for a first effort: of its five tracks, two are epics, one on them clocking in at 24 minutes +. Throughout the album, the listener is treated to plenty of variation, high melody, power, emotion, and some particularly good keyboard and guitar play (minus the annoying muscle flexing). Nothing immensely innovative but certainly a promising debut.

Recommended to fans of SHADOW GALLERY, THRESHOLD, CHROMA KEY and to melodic Metal fans in general.

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3.00 | 8 ratings
Painted Palm
2002

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 Painted Palm by MISCELLANE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.00 | 8 ratings

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Painted Palm
Miscellane Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Miscellane is a forgotten progressive metal band coming from eastern Europe, more precise from Slovakia. Formed in 1993 and releasing their debute almost 10 years after at defunct label Bee & Bee Records named Painted palm from 2002. This album turns to be their swansong aswell, they disbanded a couple of years later , never heared anything about them. I must say that this release was pleasent surprise, nothing realy impressive overall, but plasent most of the time. They god pretty much complex arrangements specialy on the two epics Solstice Story , divided in 2 parts, one has 14 min and part 2 has almost 25 min, here the band realy shines. They remind me in places of Threshold, most their early albums, and here and there Pain of Salvation. Good prog metal album as I said, but nothing original, just well played, nothing more. The voice is ok for this kind of music but not great. So, I will give 3 stars, the best I can give, good but not essential in any sense of the word.

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 Painted Palm by MISCELLANE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.00 | 8 ratings

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Miscellane Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Slovakia can put a pretty good hockey team on the ice but how many bands have you heard of from this country ? Me neither. The vocals are in English and are the weak link even though they aren't bad at all.The musicianship though is at a high level, and this record is very well produced.There is a lot to like on this album and i'm pulling for these guys to do well in the future. Funny, I read some good reviews, and some really negative reviews of this record. I guess my opinion is in the middle.

"Solstice Story Part 1" has this powerful orchestral-like intro before it settles with laid back guitar and vocals as drums come in.The sound stays fairly restrained yet powerful. I like the guitar line that comes in before 5 minutes as the drums pound. Nice bass too. Back to the vocals and the previous sound as this almost 14 minute opener continues. Sampled spoken words 7 1/2 minutes in with violin. Flute comes in. Some good organ before 9 minutes and even better guitar a minute later.

"Wings" opens with drums and a heavy sound before it lightens quickly with a cool guitar melody. Vocals follow with organ. Nice guitar work with piano before 2 minutes. Not a fan of the vocals in this one really. "Laments" opens with a brighter guitar melody and bass with cymbals before vocals join in. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes. Again this sounds really good but the vocals distract me somewhat. "Solstice Story Part 2" is the over 24 minute epic ! Keys to open as it gets fuller quickly. Nice bass after 1 1/2 minutes. Drums join in then synths. Guitar is next and it sounds amazing. Vocals are next as drums pound.This song changes tempo and moods more often than my wife changes her mind. "Few Letters On A Tomb" sounds great with the drums and piano being run over by outbursts of guitar. It kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes. Nice. Settles with piano again as vocals arrive around 2 1/2 minutes.

Good album but nothing more.

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 Painted Palm by MISCELLANE album cover Studio Album, 2002
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Miscellane Progressive Metal

Review by Achim

3 stars This debut album of an Slowakian band at least is worth a listen. A crossover between prog-metal and melodic rock that is very good produced.

Ok nothing really new here but to be honest most of todays progressive rock music makes use of elements that have been heard before. Who cares if the outcome is enjoyable?

Fans of "Dream Theatre" can't go wrong with "Painted Palm" really.

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