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ZEN plays prog with a leaning toward prog metal. The music has balance between more melodic prog and driving metal. The Italians have been trying to clone DREAM THEATER with varying degrees of success for the past few years. They definitely show a strong "Images and Word" influence, but with more of a neo-progressive bend. They're not quite as heavy as DREAM THEATER and the keys drive more of the sound than the guitar. The singer is truly an Italian version of James LaBrie. Rather than trying to clone LaBrie's style, he lets some of his accent come through and sounds fantastic in the process.

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4.10 | 14 ratings
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 Gaze Into The Light  by ZEN album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.10 | 14 ratings

Gaze Into The Light
Zen Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Zen - this unknown band for many prog listners, but for sure needs attention. They came from Italy and releases one album in 1997. First impression was a good one remind me of Helloween (Michael Kiske era) on voice sometimes Andrea Polidoro is one on one with Kiske, and instrumental parts are sometimes close to Conception, Kamelot, Stratovarius and Helloween but with more keys added. Anyway these influences doesn't botter at all the album sounds very strong, with time signatures and vocal parts of the highest calibre. They change wery smooth the heavier parts with the mellow ones, delivering a strong prog metal album. Some intristing and in the same time very well played pieces are:Water can cover the next - the longest track from here and 137.999-Welcome to Zuffenhousen, the rest are also good. So finaly an excellent addition to any prog music collection worth to have this band in mind because they desearve it. 3.5 rounded to 4
 Gaze Into The Light  by ZEN album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.10 | 14 ratings

Gaze Into The Light
Zen Progressive Metal

Review by magoserino

5 stars Excellent!!!! I think they bring something new in a quite standard genre...they seem Dream Theater and Helloween in some passages....the singer Andrea Polidori is really closed to Kiske!!! I speak not this way because he had lived near to me for 20 years...:-))))
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