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It was 1999 when ANDROMEDA officially made their appearance: Johan Reinholdz, guitars, submitted the demo "Welcome to forever" to the record label WAR-music. There was interest from the label so later that year Thomas Lejon, drums, Martin Hedin, keyboards, Johan Reinholdz and bass player Gert Daun started rehearsing the songs for the band's first album.

The band entered the studio in March 2000 to record the album with Daniel Bergstrand as the producer. Lawrence Mackrory was hired to perform the vocals in "EXTENSION OF THE WISH" which was mixed and ready a month later, hitting the record shops in February 2001. In the meanwhile, David Fremberg joined the band as a vocalist in August 2000. The sound of their debut can be described as heavy-intense but at the same time very melodic progressive metal and received significant attention from the press and fans. A tour of Sweden and an appearance at the Progpower festival in the Netherlands in October came to support this release.

The vocals were re-recorded and a re-mixed version including two new tracks was released in France by the label NTS in November 2000. The next step of the band was a French tour with Evergrey in February 2001, while tracks for their upcoming release "II=I" started taking shape. Recordings of the new tracks continued throughout the year with Martin Hedin as the producer and finally the album was completed in August. This time the style can be described as more complex and vocal-oriented.

Fabian Gustavsson, bass, replaced Gert Daun in 2003 and after a world wide release of the album and tours, the band started composing material for "CHIMERA" in the spring of 2004. This time, the approach was towards a heavier, more in-your-face solid rocking sound, creating a new, fresh chapter in ANDROMEDA's history. Martin was again the producer and the album was finally released in the spring of 2006.

The band's first live DVD "PLAYING OFF THE BOARD" was released in April 2007, following the European tour appearances. The band's latest release, "THE IMMUNITY ZONE" was released in fall 2008 to show yet again a new approach of the band's musical galaxy: "dark, brutal, energetic and intelligent"!!! Recommended to fans of melodic progressive metal.

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3.72 | 107 ratings
Extension of the Wish
2001
3.76 | 100 ratings
II = I
2003
3.74 | 73 ratings
Extension of the Wish - The Final Extension
2004
3.54 | 86 ratings
Chimera
2006
3.19 | 52 ratings
The Immunity Zone
2008
3.47 | 39 ratings
Manifest Tyranny
2011

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3.74 | 19 ratings
Playing Off The Board
2007

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 Manifest Tyranny by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.47 | 39 ratings

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Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Valarius

4 stars 'Manifest Tyranny', album number five by Swedish prog metal masters Andromeda, once again has the band pushing themselves to try new things and evolve their sound. This time, an interesting mixture of the riffage displayed in 'The Immunity Zone' and the proggy atmosphere of 'II = I' help Andromeda to sound a lot more mature and "complete" than ever before.

Of course, the major difference between this and past records, is that the group have finally succumbed to the trend which catches up to most metal bands... the dreaded political album! Lyrically, this isn't much different than any other band who has politically-themed songs. Musically however, the band are as tight and as intense as ever, with some ridiculously heavy and thrashy songs that show a band who are willing to try different approaches to their music with each album.

As always, each member here really demonstrates abilities that puts them at the top of their chosen instrument. After the more stripped down approach of their previous album, guitarist Johan Reinholdz is really prepared to rip things up again, producing riffs, matched note-for- note by keyboardist Martin Hedin, that will have most thrash metal fans drooling. Thomas Lejon's lightning-fast drumming is wonderfully backed up by newcomer Linus Abrahamson, who's bass playing earns him his place in the band. And all of this is topped off by David Fremberg, one of the most underated vocalists in music today.

As always, Andromeda have released an album that further solidifies them as one of prog metal's finest bands, and with a new label backing them, and with more coverage and better reviews than ever before, this album will hopefully be the start of Andromeda really "stepping up" to become big contenders to Dream Theater's throne.

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Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Finally,the new album of the Sweds has been released at the end of 2011 year!I was really curious and inpatient to see how the things are going after the mediocre THE IMMUNITY ZONE album,which was not at all bad 100 %,it was just uninspired!Well,in 2011 ,things are much better,way better than on the previous album!New label behind,new attitude and a slightly new musical direction too... a new face for ANDROMEDA!Of course,the technical aspect is very strong,but not so astonishing like in the past.This album is,definitelly,the most mature so far,loaded with excellent,diverse and catchy compositions!It's not at all an easy listening this album-no way-definitelly there are necessary several auditions to fully understand the message of MANIFEST TYRANNY!The political involvement of the guys is very well represented on the album,with some very direct and precise lyrics-and-in the music,with some voices of Obama or Bush with some memorable quotations and speeches for this political leaders!Musically speaking,the album has everything what a modern prog metal album should have in 2011!Crunchy guitars,insane drumming and majestic keyboard parts-but the voice of David is really fantastic on this album!This guy is definitelly spectacular and delivers passioned and intense pvocal performances here!Pretty good production-but,in my opinion-a little weaker than on the previous albums?!?!In my opinion-MANIFEST TYRANNY-is one of the best prog metal albums in 2011,and I can say that ANDROMEDA is one of the surest values of Europe in this pretentious genre!4.5 STARS,and all my respect for this amazing musicians!

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3.47 | 39 ratings

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Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Sweden is known for its massive progressive metal scene, and one of the bigger names in this scene is Andromeda. In spite of this, Manifest Tyranny (their fifth full-length album) is my first acquaintance with their music, so I can't (yet) compare this with their earlier efforts. What we have here is a fairly unique brand of melodic progressive metal that, while still borrowing heavily from bands like Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, and Evergrey, sounds pretty original. Manifest Tyranny is an impressive modern prog metal release, and while I can't say it's a shining success from every angle, there are enough positive traits to outweigh any detriments.

Musically, I'd say that Manifest Tyranny is best described as melodic progressive metal, but with a more raw and heavy edge. While still quite complex, there are lots of crushing guitar riffs throughout the album, and the raw production further exemplifies the heavy edge that Andromeda favors on this release. While far from revolutionary, Manifest Tyranny does not sound like any other band; Andromeda has their own sound, and deserves to be applauded for this. The lyrics dealing with political stigma, corruption in government, and war are also pretty interesting, and I love the way the band is able to incorporate this relevant message into their songs using voiceovers and sound samples. My biggest gripe with Manifest Tyranny is that there aren't a whole lot of great tracks, and even though the whole album is good, it seldom reaches a level of excellence. I'd say "Asylum" and "Go Back to Sleep" are both great tracks, but the rest of Manifest Tyranny seldom exceeds the 'average' mark. A few more impressive compositions would've really done the album wonders - after all, the musicians playing the songs are extremely precise throughout the full 64 minute duration.

Even though I wish Manifest Tyranny were a bit shorter and had a few more great songs, this is still a fairly easy recommendation for modern prog metal enthusiasts. If you're in search of original and lyrically relevant progressive metal with top-notch musicianship and classy melodies, you're bound to be impressed by what Andromeda offers on this observation. 3.5 stars are deserved, and I can safely say that I'll be checking out more albums from these Swedish lads in the future.

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Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Daggor

1 stars Gonna be real honest here, the first thing I asked upon listening to Andromeda's latest release "Manifest Tyranny" was, "Is this supposed to be good?". Being what I would call a lifelong heavy metal fan (So long as we can start my "life" in high school when I started listen to music at all), I've had to really get used to some downright awful lyrics. What has always been a saving grace is that usually I can move past them and really focus in on great riffs and great music. First of all though, Andromeda seems completely unaware that they sound like immature kids, and they are SO loud about it. The "Concept" of this album can't just be filed away and ignored. Because: The entire thing is overloaded with "Voice overdubs". Seriously, these things suck. I wasn't that big of a fan when DT used them in "The Great Debate", and so Andromeda decided to base an entire album around them doesn't make me warm and fuzzy either.

Even outside of that though, there's nothing of any value. Calling this "Progressive" is akin to taking a worthless Indie-Rock band and calling them "Alternative" because there's else to do with them. I guess they use a lot of keyboards, and there is a surplus of? odd rhythms? I can't say enough for how bad this concept is. I get that maybe you feel like some super cool social warrior by blaring around all these voice clips, but the whole thing sounds awful. There's really nothing positive I can say about this album other than a few good riffs, and some occasional parts that are mediocre enough to not make me want to immediately hit skip, but these are short lived. If you feel really compelled to understand the experience of listening to "Manifest Tyranny", grab some demos from a second rate prog metal band and play them over conspiracy theory videos on Youtube.

The music is disorganized. It severely lacks any riffs or cohesiveness of songs. The entire album is dragged down by a mass of voiceovers that provide no musical value, and only serve to make the songs more bland. The whole thing is just messy and difficult to listen to. I wouldn't recommend this to fans of any genre, because even though music is a personal statement, it has to be a personal statement through some form of enjoyable melody, otherwise you might as well write an essay. Maybe Andromeda wants to get politically active, but they've got a lot of maturing to do before people take that aspect seriously.

~Dagg (www.blackwindmetal.com)

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Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Time Signature

4 stars This release is, as far as I remember, my first acquaintance with Swedish prog metallers Andromeda, so I do not have their earlier releases as a point of reference or a point of comparison.

In any case, I think that "Manifest Tyranny" is a pretty good album which is rich in variation and full of different impressions, but, still, there is a sense of consistency and coherence throughout the album (which is definitely a great strength, sine the album seems to be a concept album, criticizing American foreign politics). Going from semi-thrashy passages over quirky and technical ones to very mellow and melodic ones, generously sprinkling their music with layers of piano parts, electronica elements and plenty of references to classic prog rock, Andromeda invites the listener home for a buffet which will definitely leave even the most insatiable listener feeling satisfied.

The musicianship and production are top notch, and, while Andromeda wear their influences on their sleeves (I detect inspiration from early and more recent Dream Theater, 70s prog rock, recent Iron Maiden, late 90s and early 00s Fates Warning as well as [on the lyrical side] Queensrÿche), Andromeda's brand of progressive metal on this release strikes me as being quite original. While it does contain technical and quirky elements as well as dynamic song structures and spacey things, it never becomes inaccessible.

Andromeda's "Manifest Tyranny" is an original and lyrically relevant progressive metal release which does not disappoint.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)

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 Extension of the Wish  by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2001
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Extension of the Wish
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Aspiring hope

4 stars Andromeda's debut brings us a great addition to the classic prog-metal ranks, an already over-populated and, at desperate times, uninspiring sub-genre. The first chance I had to listen to it was upon discovering the band right here on PA, taking a huge liking for the album's title-track. Even though it occured to me there were suspicious links to Dream Theater, I felt there was more than a DT clone in it sound.

And right I was, as the remainder of te album sounds nothing at all like the prog-metal icons. It is indeed filled with technical prowess, brought forth by Johan Reinholdz guitar work at the front of the mix, as well as diverse intrumental sections, branding the prog-metal formula throughout. Unspoken Words opens the album with a pretty straight-forward and ear-friendly example of such blueprint - one which might take a turn for the flaw, when taken to the extreme lenghts of Starshooter Supreme. Still a lot of fun, though.

Albeit, there is also a great display of time-signature acrobatics that comes across as challenging and interesting rather than cloying, notably In The Deepest Of Waters and Chameleon Carnival - a fast-paced intrumental tune of much appropriate name. These are more adequate to exemplify the less obvious influence of the remaining members: although Johan Reinholdz is the main songwriter and highlighted musician, there is also a powerful rhythmic powerhouse delivered from Thomas Lejon's drumming, one that is both detailed and complex, as well as powerful and loud, in a combination not always within the grasp of the average metal drummer (prog or otherwise). Gert Daun brings in a solid backing of this rhythmic madness on the bass, though flawed (if it should even be so) by his place in the mix. Martin Hedin provides the agile backing of guitar, much to the like of DT's duo, but also employing a distinct contribution to the refreshing tone.

The counterpart of this diverse array of metal styles is heard in the melodious spirit, driven by a greatly inspired guitar, artfully maintaining the balance between technique and emotion. These interesting elements are found mainly in the title-track and Arch Angel, where Lawrence Mackrory's otherwise displaced vocal leads are suited beautifully in their more atmopheric expression. Truly a shame these weren't fitted as strongly or consistently thoughout the rest of the album.

At the end of the record, a most interesting addition to any prog-metal fan, but perhaps not as exciting if this isn't really your cup of tea.

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 The Immunity Zone by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.19 | 52 ratings

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The Immunity Zone
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Valarius

4 stars Throughout their careers, every band goes through a stage where they drastically alter their sound. It could be a huge improvement or a complete disaster. It could last for only one album, maybe a couple of years, or possibly even for the rest of their existence.

This is exactly the case for Andromeda's style on this album. The songs seem a lot more stripped down than previous efforts, Johan Reinholdz seems to have mellowed down on the guitar and the lyrics seem a lot less ambitious. So what's the deal? Are they trying to reach out to a broader audience? Are they experimenting with different ideas? Has Reinholdz decided to calm down a bit and let the band focus more on songwriting?

Nobody knows the answer to these questions but the band members themselves, but despite the change in direction, this is still one kickass album. It may be their weakest effort to date, but it has some truly remarkable songs on it.

With that said, some of the tracks are pretty weak though, and for every anthem, there is a misstep. 'Slaves of the Plethora Season', possibly Andromeda's most basic song, is one hell of a tune. Sure, it has no solos, no ridiculous time-signatures, and pretty terrible lyrics ("who can get an erection?"), but none-the-less it has some very catchy, heavy riffs, that put most modern Metal bands to shame. And that is one thing this album is overflowing with, intelligent, well thought-out riffs.

Of course the true centerpiece of this album, and most probably one of Andromeda's greatest songs, is the 19-minute 'Veil of Illumination'. There are no words that can truly do justice to describe how insane this song is. Some amazing music here, with some decent lyrics and arguably the craziest instrumentation ever, especially the mid-section, which features some of the wildest playing you'll ever hear. And this is not an exaggeration.

As usual with this band, all performances are of the highest standard, so even with the more relaxed playing and stripped down arrangements, this group still plays their hearts out, sounding tighter than ever, and Johan Reinholdz chilling out on the guitar has really helped all the other members shine, especially drummer Thomas Lejon, who really gets to show how much of a psychopath he is on the drums.

In summary, the fourth album into their career and this could be considered Andromeda's weakest, but don't let that put you off. It is still a great album, and if this is a new direction they plan on sticking to, then I think they're still more than capable of one day becoming champions of Prog Metal.

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 Extension of the Wish - The Final Extension by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.74 | 73 ratings

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Extension of the Wish - The Final Extension
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Andy Webb
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4 stars 7/8's the new groovy!

Note, I have not heard the original Extension of the Wish, only this version, and I love it! Although the album art is much less creative, the music is still great. Andromeda has really created their own brew of progressive metal, something that, surprisingly, is not really influenced by Dream Theater. They are definitely one of the more creative prog metal bands in the mix. Extension of the Wish is a favorite of mine; it's a great album in general.

The Words Unspoken has a nice technical 7/8 intro, as do most of the songs, with a spacey distorted guitar. The technicality of the song is impressive, with switch off solos between synth and guitar. The new singer really shows off his pipes on this song.

Crescendo of Thoughts opens up yet again with that spacey and groovy 7/8 soloing between synth and guitar. The melody is most prominent in this song, among the instrumental technicality.

In The Deepest Waters is a fun track, yet again in 7/8 (I think the drummer just lays out a beat and the other players just solo around it). The rhythms and instrumental sections are nice, as are the semi-melodic choruses. The outro neatly fades into the next track, another upside of the album.....

....Starshooter Supreme is a great fun track built (again) around 7/8. The soloing is fun and inventful, as are the verses and chorus.

Chameleon Carnival is easily one of the best tracks on the album, a fun instrumental 7/8 groove built around some fun solos between guitar, bass, and synth. A very fun track to listen to; it's one of those prog songs that you just want to bob your head to.

Extension of the Wish is the first truly melodic song on the album. It's just over 10 minutes, being the longest track on the album. The song is built not around 7/8, but a 10/8 groove, finally a change! The verses and chorus are very melodic are definitely something that could be remembered. The album begins a slow decline after this, as the first songs are much more upbeat and fun that the remaining tracks.

Arch Angel is the second really melodic song, with a much lighter chorus and not as much technicality when it comes to soloing, which is reduced in number.

Journey of Polyspheric Experience is a really spacey song. You just want to kick back and be enveloped by the spacey synth voice. It has a really trippy feel to it, with less technicality again. The chorus isn't "melodic," but more lighter and is more of a psychedelic-metal feel.

Eclipse, the last and most likely lightest track on the album, tries to fit in a little symphonic into the space metal. The soling is slower, more careful, less upbeat and fun, and more focused on staying both technical and melodic in feel. A nice end to a great space metal album.

ALBUM OVERALL: A fantastic album. The first 6 are much better than the remaining 3, but all 9 are still fantastic. The technicality really outmatches the melodic element, so it doesn't have all three of the Dream Theater "prog, metal, and *melodic*," but it is still fantastic. A great deviation from traditional prog metal, and a fantastic album.

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 The Immunity Zone by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.19 | 52 ratings

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The Immunity Zone
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Flucktrot
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2 stars To be honest, the only thing that really attracts me to this album is the quasi-epic, Veil of Illumination. However, I enjoy that piece enough that it keeps Andromeda on my radar. However, you should be warned that there are plenty of moments containing fairly standard, derivative progressive metal herein.

Veil is very reminiscent of Dream Theater style metal, but with the bass and drums sounding very muddy, and by extension, not very good, although the actual rhythms and syncopation are for the most part good. Parts not involving the main theme and chorus--which I have to admit are extremely catchy--often remind me of some of the more adventurous parts of Metropolis Part I. The highlight for me is the Petrucci-like wailing solo near the middle over synth strings, maybe even reminding me just a bit of Riverside. I love wailing guitar--and I'm a total sucker for this stuff!

Overall, the rating is driven by the epic. 17 minutes of good prog is worth that in my book, although you may reasonably disagree. Just don't expect too much from the rest.

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 Chimera by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.54 | 86 ratings

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Chimera
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Valarius

4 stars Three albums into their career and Andromeda still sound as new and fresh as their debut.

'Chimera', Andromeda's third album, may seem like another typical 'by-the-book' Progressive Metal record, but on further listens you can tell this is a band destined for greatness. In fact, in a genre where most artists are labelled as 'Dream Theater clones', this is proof that Andromeda is in fact an original formula.

But if you were to compare Andromeda to Dream Theater, then let me say that any member of this band can easily stand toe-to-toe with Prog Metals biggest band. Crushing guitar riffs, keyboard solos, amazing drumming and grooving bass lines are all here, and David Fremberg's powerful vocals sound fantastic.

With the epic 'Periscope', the exciting 'Going Under' and the unique 'Inner Circle', the music on this album will keep you on the edge of your seat. And for the fans of heavier music, there are tracks like 'The Cage of Me' and 'No Guidelines'. In fact, there's only two songs on here that are slightly weaker than the others, and it's for this reason that I only give this album four stars. But all the other songs are vintage Andromeda, and will one day become classics of the genre.

As with any Andromeda album, if you're into Progressive Metal, then this is definitely one for the collection.

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