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Amaran's Plight


Progressive Metal

3.97 | 173 ratings

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5 stars The best Progressive Metal album from this year (4.666 stars!).

I’ve been thrilled with all these positive reviews about “Voice…”. I remembered how disappointing were some other hyped CDs from 2007 (no names here, OK?), so I decided to borrow this CD from a friend first. I was literally blown away!

This supergroup sounds very much like a real band, and Gary is simply stunning with his guitarwork. Nick proves that you need no double-bass drums to sound heavy. Kurt is wonderful, and DC impressed me a lot with his masterful vocals. This is one of the main positive points behind AP: they made me interested in their basic bands like SHADOW GALLERY and UNDER THE SUN.

Now imagine a mixture between “Scenes from a Memory” and “Operation: Mindcrime”. Done? This is how AP can be somewhat described. This is neither Alternative Metal-influenced stuff, which is so popular thing for modern Prog Metal bands now, nor something Experimental. AP takes listener back in glory days of Hair Heavy Metal (like in “Viper” or “Coming of Age”), and some songs could have easily been top-hits in 80s! Shorter tracks (interlude-like ones) sound very symphonic (with “Consummation Opus” being my favourite). Additional word should be said about epics. There are three 10+ min tracks here, each one is very different. “Incident…” is the most constructed, “Shattered Dreams” is easily my favourite with this astonishing instrumental mid- part that would make DT guys pale in comparison, and “Revelation” is an extremely beautiful ballad-like track (“Finally Free” immediately comes to mind as something very much related), another highlight of the record and the ideal track to finish with.

The only complaints I have concern timing. I’ve got tired a bit of whole14 tracks, I’d rather prefer 7-10 ones instead…also Hair- Metal influence sometimes is too much obvious. On the other hand if you’re tired with avant or alternative sides of Prog Metal, this album will take you into your kingdom of “Images and Words”, when the world was young and Kevin Moore was still with these guys ;) It’s not like AP is clone, no way; but they managed to recreate that wonderful atmosphere DT had in their early releases. So if you’re missing good old Prog Metal, take AMARAN’S PLIGHT without hesitation! Highly recommended!

Prog-jester | 5/5 |


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