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Sun Caged


Progressive Metal

3.85 | 51 ratings

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3 stars Sun Caged's second album in this format (and third overall) is close to its predecessor, Artemisia, - moderately progressive, moderately paced, moderately heavy, moderately..., well, keeping accessibility in mind. Maybe slightly more "colorful" - fuller sound, more solos and diverse keys. But is plagued with same problem - no consistently good melodies or compositions. Good ideas here and there, a song may start promisingly, but then follows a generic riff and proccessed vocal section.

Sure, melody is not everything - you could go for technicality or atmosphere. Few bands manage to handle both equally well - that's why Dreamtheater, love 'em or hate 'em, are the standard by which this kind of prog metal is measured. Sun Caged, I think, still follows the "melody plus accesible technicality" approach, but comes out a bit bland. An example of what I mean. Italian band Odd Dimension also treads the familiar 8-minute prog path, but imbues it with Rhapsody-like over-the-top ness, especially in vocals, making it sound fun as well as technical. Infuses prog metal, which has been growing stale the past years, with energy.

But song titles are nice, I'll give them that. maybe because singer is the lone English-native speaker. Tip-toe the Fault-Line. Genius. And the actual tip-toeing with the low-register keys in the beginning is cool too.

Progrussia | 3/5 |


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