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3.93 | 142 ratings

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4 stars Middle East extravaganza

One friend of mine introduced me to this band because of my love for Prog Metal. He was convinced that I should give them a try. At first, thinking about a fusion between prog metal and Middle East folk music didn't sound that promising, but well, glad I'm wrong about it. I have to say, this friend was the one that introduced me to Flametal, which was a complete bad experience to me, so I really get to this band expecting that craziness and miss direction. Lucky I was wrong.

This is not just prog metal, it's one of the heaviest bands in prog metal. Their heavy riffing and the double bass drum leading the music into a very dynamic and constant change of time signatures are great but sometimes it felt like too much. I guess is about to let the songs grow on it's own pace and that's it. The folk traditional fusion is very interesting and the keyboards are fundamental for giving this music a complete new level of style. SYMPHONY X has it's blueprint over this band, and the style of the singer is very close to Russell Allen style. The quality of the musicians and the songwriting is nothing but impressive, but sometimes sounds too generic, now that there are so many of this kind of bands out there.

Now, don't be fooled, when they are exploring into the folk fusion their get really experimental and original and it worth the listen. It's a little heavier than what someone could expect, but it's very in the route of what they want to project. This is ideal for metalheads, but anyone who appreciates fusion music can really dig into this.

At the end, there are little catchy choruses or melodies here and there that helps to bear this album through. It's a short material of "only" 50 minutes, so the dosis of music is good enough to leave you asking for more. I don't point at any highlights as this album should be heard as a complete piece, not because is conceptual but because is very complete in the musicianship. 4 stars for a great album. Prog Metal original and fresh. Give it a try.

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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