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Time Machine


Progressive Metal

3.68 | 18 ratings

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4 stars Time Machine has had a long established career in progressive metal. Despite their small popularity this Italian band have released ten studio albums over 11 years. Quite a long catalogue they have isn't it? Their latest album Reviviscence delivers the same stunning quality that they have consistently delivered for the past eleven years of their career.

For this album Time Machine have also delivered an excellent cast of guests making cameos on the album, Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loreiro for Angra the two most known. On Revivscence the band takes a conceptual/theme approach about the evil in our world today, terrorism. The songs are neutral, but offer an artistic obserbvation on the conflicts in the Middle East. Not specifically the war on terrorism (I got a chuckle out of the Bush clip in "Grains of Sand"), but also on the Jewish and Palestinian conflict. Time Machine has delivered an album that is not of the past, not of the future, but of our time. The song titles may seem somewhat grotesque for such an intellectual album, but they are best viewed from up-close, to see the intellectual reasons for their selection.

The vocalist Marco Sivo delivers an amazing vocal performance. From the first lyrics in "Rotten Souls", a listener can immediately believe that the album is one with a talented and unique vocal performance. Sivo have a unique style and voice, which makes this album such an addictive listen. He uses a diverse range throughout the album, and calmly paces his phrases with excellent enunciation.

Gianluca Ferro and Gianluca Galli show off mass amounts of skill Both of these guitarists are endowed with amazing sweeping skills. Yet at the same time,posess an excellent ability to back off and play catchier melodies. The sweeps are their bread and butter though. Anyone that has a hunger for Jasun Tipton (Zero Hour) like precise guitar leads will without a doubt enjoy the performances from these two guitarists. These guitarists can also play slower controlled styles all throughout the album. In songs such as the title track, the acoustic parts in a song like "Tears of Jersusalem" nails the Middle Eastern concept and atmosphere of this album.

Lorenzo Deho makes more of an impact rythymnically supply the bottom end below a great vocalist, and two excellent lead guitarists. There's not really much space him to explore with his instrument, but the bass sets up some excellent harmonies, and really makes some of the slower songs come togethor. Deho also makes a contribution on keyboards on this album, where the atmosphere they produce really nails the mood.

Sigfrido Percich, much like the bassist Deho, makes more of a rythymnic contribution than a technical one. The drums provide a constant rock solid feel that really locks the band in. Percich isn't a busy drummer with endless fills, but he can roll across him toms to set up the next transition with admirable skill.

The production is excellent, especially the guitars. The atmospheric keyboards attack the listener in a variety of ways with excellent clarity. I can't be more complementary of the vocals, one of the clearest a listener will ever hear. After eleven years, a listner can expect good production from a band, Time Machine delivers just that.

This is an excellent addition to any fan of progressive metal, especially those that love the dark technique oriented albums releasted from Sensory Records.

AtLossForWords | 4/5 |


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