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3.91 | 119 ratings

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3 stars Their first album ''Zumanthum'' was quite a good surprise for me and I was very enthusiastic to listen to their second effort.

This album is a more easy listening music, but by no means it should be regarded as a weak album. As usual, the band is playing quite long songs but it is true to say that I couldn't find the grandeur of ''Beginning To End'' from their debut. But this was a damned good epic!

In terms of epic, we have two of that kind in this follow-up work.

The title track takes while to kick off but it is quite melodic and the heavy organ featured in the second leg of this song is quite enjoyable. I'm quite confused though, when I read that this should be a rip-off from the great ''Child In Time (which WAS a rip off from the Californian band ''It's A Beautiful Day'' and ''Bombay Calling'' was the track). Still, I do share the feeling with Hughes that this piece of music has a whole damned lot to do with the neo- prog genre. But on the good side, I would say.

The following track opens on a brilliant instrumental part: a wild Tull should I say. Heavy beats and a remarkable flute part: gorgeous to tell you the truth. What follows might not be on par but this intro is a killer. Unfortunately, there will be only almost heavy metal noises afterwards (oooops sorry, this is called progressive metal now ?).

Things are getting a lot better with ''Point Of View'' which shines thanks to its sublime guitar solo. This passage is a definite highlight . The neo-prog feel is even more obvious during the intro for ''Butterfly's Cy'' (hi Tony)?

I am pretty sure that if the band had not released their very good ''Zumanthum'', it would have been easily categorized into the neo-prog style. The second (average) epic confirms this feeling IMO. It sounds as déjà vu and offers little astonishing moments.

''Metaepitome'' is not on par with ''Zumanthum'', that's a given. But it still remains a good album which I rate with three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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