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MAZE OF TIME

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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The MAZE OF TIME story began in October 2001 when guitarist, composer and lyricist Robert I. Edman grew weary of being the hired gun, playing other people's music as a designated guitarist for various productions. With a couple of other musicians, he was at one point well on his way to the US west-coast, but opted out as the headroom for originality and thinking-out-of-the-box musical experimentation was nonexistent in the mainstream pop-scene. Edman gathered two old friends to form an investigative trio in Stockholm, Sweden - bass player Janne Persson and drummer Thomas Nordh - to elaborate on a string of newly composed songs. In the search for additional players adventurous enough to take the less-travelled roads of progression and beyond, the trio was extended by keyboard jockey Alex Jonsson and, for the first five years, with guitarist and vocalist Christer Lindstroem. With the MAZE OF TIME line-up complete the journey began.

Over time, the ideas and arrangements of MAZE OF TIME needed a sanity check, and a three-track demo set known as "Under the Sun" was recorded to tape which, over the following year, resulted in 2006 release of their first full-length album "Tales From The Maze", summarizing the band's first five years of musical findings. With the warmth of analogue 70-ies, yet the steady beat of the 21st century, MAZE OF TIME beckons you to join their musical journey.

MAZE OF TIME cites its closest influence as GENESIS from the "Selling England By The Pound" or "Trick Of The Tail" period and have a sound reminiscent of recent groups such as SPOCK'S BEARD, THE FLOWER KINGS, LIKE WENDY and MARILLION. Though leaning more to the Neo-progressive rather than Symphonic, MAZE OF TIME has virtues from the Symphonic form of progressive rock with lush keyboards, poetic lyrics and lengthy compositions.

The MAZE OF TIME discography is the three-track set "Under The Sun" comprised of tracks later to appear on the "Tales From The Maze" album, though recorded with less equipment, and the 2006-released "Tales From The Maze" album on the Art Performance Production label out of the Netherlands. 2008 should see an addition to the MAZE OF TIME catalogue with a darker, PORCUPINE TREE-style project going under the name of "Lullaby For Heroes".

Original bio by Alex Jonsson, as edited by T.Rox


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3.48 | 16 ratings
Tales From The Maze
2006
3.91 | 25 ratings
Lullaby for Heroes
2008
3.05 | 19 ratings
Masquerade Show
2012

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 Masquerade Show by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 19 ratings

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Masquerade Show
Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars Maze Of Time is a Swedish band that has been together since 2001 and that has Robert I Edman (guitars and vocals), Jesper Land'n (vocals), Jan Persson (bass), Alex Jonsson (keyboards) and Thomas Nordh (drums) in its line-up. In Masquerade Show (2012) they also had help of Bj'rn 'hman with backing vocals.

Masquerade Show (2012) is the band's third album, all of which had been released on Art Performance Production label. Masquerade Show (2012) is my first contact with this Swedish band and right in the beginning we can see that this will be a really interesting Heavy Prog/Symphonic album. After a short intro called '3-angle' we have this epic, 10'37 minutes long track 'Masquerade Show' that gives the album its title. There are so many twisting and turnings on this songs that it's almost impossible to name them all. Just brilliant!

Now, a great opening track and a downhill after that is very common on many records, but I can honestly say that it's not Maze Of Time's case! Next track 'Pandora's Box' is even better! There's a good melody for you to sing along, there's the catchy chorus, there are numerous backing vocals and on top of that a tight instrumental. Second great track in a row! The follow up there is the instrumental 'Dark Matter'. This one is a bit more Space Rock, more room between the notes, less heaviness on the guitars in general but still keeps rocking till the end.

'Mile By Mile' gives continuity to the slower tempo tracks. Basically a ballad that made me think of a mix between Queensryche and Iron Maiden!?! Now, the next track 'Mountain Of Madness' is an incredible adaptation of the novel of the same name written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1936. Heavy, full of twists and really interesting. After a nice piano ballad ('Next Morning') we have a very climatic and somber track named 'Mean Messiah Man Machine'. What helps it to be so gloomy is the low bottom of the band with Jan Persson's bass lines, fat and groovy! 'Predator' is the next track, it begins with an eastern melody full of wha-wha pedal effects and soon it turns out to be really weird (in a good way) and nice track with some strange chords in the verse but with a chorus you can sing together with.

'Humanoid' was the song chosen by the band to close Masquerade Show (2012). This isn't a bad song but it isn't the strongest one as well. Despite having great verses I find the chorus too plain and not very interesting.

All in all, Masquerade Show (2012) is such a great surprise! All along the album Maze Of Time shows us an astonishing writing skill with a terrific production and musicianship. This is an album that will please any Heavy Prog ears for sure! Very recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Masquerade Show by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 19 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Their lates album to date released in 2012 named Masquerade show is well, I have to say it , much much less intresting then their previous two albums and much much mediocre then their almost masterpiece Lullaby for heroes. I simply can't recognize Maze of Time with this album, such mediocre songwritting, a more rockier aproach to their music then before. The vocal lines are good, as I said Jasper Landed is a very talented vocalist who really know to juggling with his voice and to made even from the most unintresting tune a fairly decent one. No piece is better then other, all are quite same in level. Disappointed for sure with Masquerade show, I've never expected that Maze of Time will make such forgetable release after the amazing Lullaby. Sad, if the next album will sound like this one, then I'll forget about them and stuck only with their first two albums. Hardly 3 stars, more like 2.5, the good momements are only sporadicaly.

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 Lullaby for Heroes by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.91 | 25 ratings

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Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Maze of Time is quite unnoticed band in prog circles, they released so far 3 albums with their second one from 2008 named Lullaby for heroes being their best for sure. They are from Sweden and the music is close to neo prog with a metalize sound, but without being a prog metal band. I was really pleasent surprised by this second offer, I know this band for years since they release the firt album in 2005 and since then I was with an eye on their music. Somehow I forgot about this album and now is time for a review. From the start I want to point out that I was simply fascinated by the vocal arrangements, the voice of Jesper Landen is absolutly killer, such a great range , such powerful and fairly unique voice. The instrumental sections are very strong, tight musicianship, inventive ideas overall. The music as I said is towards neo but not in the vein of Marillion, IQ or other same names, is similar with let's say bands like Splinter, Knight Area, they incorporated some more edgy heavy prog elements in that neo atmosphere, the result is damn great. Pieces like Station to Station, superb vocal delivery, nice chorus and everything to be a good tune, Chemical Sleep, Part I & II is absolutly truly awesome, the guitar work , everything is top notch, The Great Cosmic Dream is another highlight. All in all very solid album, really really great, I never though I will like it so much. For me easy 4 stars, definetly their best from all three.

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 Masquerade Show by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 19 ratings

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Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

2 stars Masquerade Show is the third album from Sweden's Maze Of Time who released their debut Tales From The Maze in 2006. It's my first encounter with the band so I'm unable to compare this against previous releases but having formed in 2001 they've had plenty of time to develop their craft and become a competent, though it has to be said, not particularly exciting band.

That's not to say Masquerade Show is a bad album, far from it. Though it lacks originality the band are all decent players and turn in a few memorable moments such as instrumental Dark Matter, Predator (a few more displaying the melodic finesse of this and we could have been onto a winner) and Mountain Of Madness. On the ten composition's Maze Of Time's sound is symphonic/neo prog with quite a bit of heavy prog which sometimes enters metal territory. While the band have a grasp of putting together convincing composition's with the requisite twists and turns and dynamics required of your average prog band the weak vocals, lack of strong melodies and ear pricking instrumental workout's is likely to leave Masquerade Show largely forgotten and undiscovered by all but the few. 2 stars.

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 Tales From The Maze by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.48 | 16 ratings

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Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by mark4art

4 stars I can't remember this grabbing my attention first time I listened to it. However now after numerous listens it is a firm favorite. Overall it fits well into the symphonic and Neo prog genres and would appeal to both sets of listeners, the music is melodic and varied and at times it heads towards a more metal sound with stronger riffs. Most tracks have quite long instrumental intros which is good as all the tracks except the first are quite long. Whilst several older groups influences can be heard mostly I find it contemporary Swedish and no single likeness jumps out. What jumps out is a balance between the differing instruments and at no point does anything dominate. Two tracks shine for me, track 2 "Here And Now" and track 5 "Daydreamer". The only gripe is track 1 a 39 second track that for me serves no purpose, otherwise the rest of the tracks all compliment each other to tell the Tales of the Maze. This is not a masterpiece but is an excellent first album and is thoroughly recommended to all those lovers of Scandinavian Prog.

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3.91 | 25 ratings

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Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by Marty McFly
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4 stars One of my first ventures into realms of modern prog music (the classical-like and accessible ones neo/symphonic ones, resembling what was important for me back then - to sound like well known bands from 70's - you know, everyone has to start somehow). Words said by Progrules are quite true, because this album is literally graduating. So it's not just him, it's also me. Unknown band that deserves more attention, even not completely experimental sounds, they're at least fresh and interesting. Tracks from worst intro (I don't like this track), to Lullaby For Heroes (interesting idea, de-myth-ization of fantasy) with strong melody theme combined with more clearly progressive parts (that graduates), over Station to Station with little bit annoying music (melody, sometimes - "We can go...") to last (and the best) pieces, including the ones of epical proportions. Pleasant, but sad case - forgotten (or not discovered yet)

4(+), fine example of current prog. Prog on in this way.

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 Lullaby for Heroes by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.91 | 25 ratings

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Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by progrules
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4 stars A total new band to me and after hearing this album a few times I'm surprised this is in symphonic. I'm not starting a debate here but for those who count on a certain kind of music that goes along with a subgenre I will at least have to send out a sort of warning that the style on this album is somewhere in the triangle neo/symphonic/heavy prog with even a slight metal edge to it. Not at all a problem for me that this is a rougher edged album but for those who are more into the soft/mellow side of symphonic I feel this is essential information and they had better stay away from this release.

The album starts with a short opener called Heroes ... Nice tune but not too special. 3*.

Next is the title track, already showing a pretty heavy sound with this one. It's a very good song and to me this was promising for the rest of the album. 3,75*.

Station to station is slightly more mellow at least for the first few minutes. Later on turning into a more standard song in terms of heaviness. Not the best of the album to me, a bit unimpressive. Still 3,25*.

With the fourth track, Playgrounds, we have actually had the lesser half of the album. Also this one is a good song but no more. 3,5*.

Chemical Sleep, part 1&2 suddenly lifts the album to a very high level. I don't know if the band deliberately decided to let the album get better and better as it progresses but it's obvious to me. The guitar is in this song responsable for the increasing level. Great contributions ! 4,5*.

The Great Cosmic Dream is one of the shorter tracks but this one is high in impact and quality. Also here the guitar excells in a catchy song with interesting variation. 4,25*

Do Androids ? is a terrific song and is along with the epical closer the apogee of this release. It's in the same vein as Chemical Sleep but with even more impressive guitar. Especially the second half of the song is heaven for heavy proggers and prog metallists. 4,5*

With this epical closer Temple of the Gods the band is showing all they've got which is an amazing hell of a lot to me. This final track makes you leave the album with a very satisfied feeling, at least that's how it works on me. 4,75*.

Excellent follow up of the debut I have to check out at this point. Another jewel from Sweden Maze of Time appears to be. But as I said in the opening lines: this is no straightforward Symphonic prog like for instance Willowglass but much heavier. If you have no problem with that: check this one out because it's highly recommended ! Fans of Riverside, Magic Pie or The Flower Kings could be in for this one. Four stars easily.

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 Tales From The Maze by MAZE OF TIME album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.48 | 16 ratings

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Maze Of Time Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is a new and promising Swedish five piece band, their debut CD is relased by the Dutch label AMR Productions.

Haze Of Time their sound is very melodic, accessible, tasteful and alternating, between symphonic prog (mid-Genesis) and neo-prog (like IQ) with the emphasis on the latter category. The band hosts dual guitar play (lots of howling soli) and dual keyboards (flashy synthesizer flights), the English vocals are decent. The climates in the eight compositions range from dreamy with twanging guitars to mid-tempo with fiery guitar and bombastic with a heavy keyboard sound. My absolute highlight is Daydreamer: first propulsive guitar riffs and drums, then an exciting part with ominous violin-Mellotron waves, goose bumps! During the rest of this track we can enjoy sensational keyboard work and strong guitar play, from howling and fiery to a raw sound.

I enjoyed this wonderful, a bit polished but very tasteful arranged album and I am sure it will not only please the neo-prog fans but also the symphomaniacs.



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