Exceptional album by another sublime German band, if you got this album in your hands you’re a fortunate person, really lucky, there aren’t copies from broken glass, anywhere!!! I expect that everybody listen and appreciate broken glass, this work is simply awesome, in PerfectProg Radio we play it; 67 minutes, contains eight songs, excel a 19 minutes masterpiece, the release date is of 1998, they made something incredibly progressive in those years, when I was listening what we found in America, emerges a talented top long play in Hotheim, Germany, fortunately for me the Internet and globalization develops and rises, thanks to this I could knew the music development around the world, in the last five years I have listening a lot of bands, of Europe the many most, and they made spectacular music, above Fates Warning and Dream Theater level, whom are considering the creators of progressive metal, of course FW and DT and other bands influenced the European progressive metal, but the musical education in the European people contributes in great part to they’re making the best music over the world, historically the great composers came from the old continent, this band besides Andromeda, Tomorrow’s Eve and Dynamic Lights surpass all ever made in America; Well, continuing with this prog metal treasure, the recording of the cd I own isn’t the adequate, they put on sale a second version, “a well recorded”, but doesn’t exist anywhere at this moment, is their best Crises work, all the songs are surprising, dissipates feeling, the musicians quality is high, they created an impressive metal, Ondrej Hurbanic, the guitarist is a musical genius, is the brain, very talented, he’s the composer of the music, also he’s a magnificent musician, great technique, he plays extraordinary solos and put a lot of sentiment in each song, the bassist Pavel Hurcik, awesome!!! shows why is a top bass player, sometimes captivating and sometimes strong and powerful, always magnificent, the drummer, Thomas Abts, make constant and great changes in the rhythm, also he’s so skilful and dexterity, the keyboardist Marko Brenzinger, creates amazing solos, fast scales and brilliant melodies and orchestrations, he’s a very important piece in this band, he create the music too and complements successfully the band’s work, the vocalist, Russell Grey, is pretty awesome, sings with a perfect feeling, possess great voice, a top singer, makes you shiver in the entire record.
Song by song:
Save Me, starts with a broken glass effect, and then a guitar riff, drums and loud bass, then appears a keyboards orchestration, next, a fast guitar scale followed by a rhythmic drums, then appears the awesome voice, the bass is so notorious in all the lp, Pavel is an excellent musician; one more time, riffs by Ondrej, keys orchestration and progressive drums, at the 4:08 minutes appears a 25 seconds lapse, is a musical part, after 14 seconds appears the guitar solo, very creative, to end this song: Russell’s voice, what a singer!
The Blame, begins with guitar harmonies, melodic keys, rhythmic drums and fantastic bass, next, great distortion by Hurbanic, keys orchestration along the song, sublime prog metal before the vocals begins, the lyrics are very captivating and the way that Russell sings is majestic, specially when he says …”I live, every moment again trying to forget, trying to forgive, all my pain, all my shame, you’ll never know the emptiness I feel”… is simply perfect, the entire song is full of rhythm changes, at the 5:20 musical part with keyboard solo, accompanied by guitar harmonies, drums and bass, followed by a great guitar solo, this is accompanied by spectacular bass and drums, and followed by keys, the majestic voice appears again, it seems Russell is really blameful, the end is incredible with the guitar spilling sentiment, followed by the bass and drums.
Am I Awake, acoustic guitar and bass, followed by keyboard orchestration and Russell’s voice, then starts the bass and drums, Pavel is very talented, the chorus is repetitive, this song shows the Crises style, extraordinary guitar solo accompanied by a guitar distortion, Russell prints his wonderful voice along this song.
Descent To Paradise, this is the masterpiece of 19 minutes, one of the greatest songs in music history, full of instrumental parts, guitar and keys solos, rhythms changes, impressive feeling, sentimental lyrics, heavy and acoustic harmonies, the perfect prog metal, this song got everything; The lyrics theme is about an older person (inspired in Russell's grandfather) that had some struggles, who was missing the love of his life who had already passed on before him, and their joyful reunion in heaven after he passed away, very tragic and moving; Ondrej Hurbanic plays seven solos; Marko the keyboardist plays two solos; They played four musical parts; there’s something they left to do? The song starts with a sound of the wind blowing, then appears acoustic guitar, keys sound (like flutes) and bass, suddenly begins a guitar distortion accompanied by the drums, bass and keys, next, the Crises experience start to come, incredible prog metal, then the heaviness is gone and everything is melancholic, sadness and sorrow in the Crises notes, the majestic voice of Russell appears, Pavel attach more feeling with every note played, the distortion is back, the sentiment is extremely deep, Russell’s grandeur is showed, the guitar distortion is awesome, the music is very progressive, the chorus are fantastic, at the 4:28 the first Ondrej solo, Thomas plays very progressive, at the 5:42 musical part with keys solo incredibly ended with a fast scale, Marko’s greatness, Russell’s feeling in his voice, at the 7;49 guitar solo, the bass plays exactly what the keys plays, acoustic guitars accompanied by the moving voice and followed by the bass, at the 10:11 musical part with guitar solo, at the 11:20 guitar solo again, but this time is followed by a majestic creation, is alike metropolis of DT, but this is much better, at the 13:25 another musical part, but now includes a Marko’s solo, unbelievable!!! Chorus again, At the 15:15 another Hurbanic’s solo followed very close by Pavel, Thomas and another guitar, at the 16:29 it seems it’s over, but another great guitar solo comes this time is followed by Thomas and Pavel, the farewell, Russell’s says goodbye, very emotive, the guitar solo at the 18:04, song ends like the beginning, in spite of every long song made.
The Only One, Two guitars with acoustic sound followed by the hi hat, toms and cymbals, next, Russell’s voice, keyboards and keys orchestration, the rhythm of the drums is slow but very progressive, in this song you can listen with more clarity how Thomas plays the drums, the bass is clear, the feeling is in the entire record, Russell’s make his own chorus, mature metal, Hurbanic’s sensitive solo, the songs ends with great guitar riffs and keyboards.
In My Sleep, bass and keys, drums and guitar harmonies, Russell appears, excellent how the bass and guitar play together, then appears the drums, guitar arpeggios, cymbals and keys, the sound of the tambourine is evident, Pavel’s work is perfect, the melodic guitar and keys at the same time sounds incredible, there’s a little cymbal, a little crash, he used frequently in the album, it makes a great sound, progressive guitar harmonies, Hurbanic’s solo again, ends with the guitar, hi hat and Russell’s voice.
Last Candle, Powerful guitar riffs with amazing progressive drums, the bass sounds incredible, turn slow the music and Russell commence to sing with a grandeur, the drums turn fast and bass follows, Hurbanic’s appears again with a guitar sound like a clockwork, the changes in the rhythm are fast, Hurbanic’s harmony, great chorus, fast guitar solo, followed by Russell, next, fast guitar and then fast keys, all this accompanied incredibly by the bass and drums, at the 3:50 instrumental sequence, loud guitar harmonies, keys like piano, the amazing prog drums are back, fast changes, the keys still listening like piano, Pavel never stops, after a few words of Russell, Hurbanic’s wonderful solo, the progressive continues, the vocals appears again, the track ends with the Crises trademark, heavy harmonies, fast keys, bass and drums, fast and ultraprogressive.
Drops Of Rain, great ballad, begins with melodic keys accompanied by rhythmic bass and drums, Russell begins to sing, cymbals everywhere, first guitar solo, slow down the music and starts another guitar solo, this is longer, the attention is on the bassist, he makes his own work, Thomas follow both, ends with the keys.
Fine power prog metal from Italy, this is an original band, their music includes neoclassical and epic passages, they got influences of the best melodic prog power metal bands. The music is leaded by the keyboardist and the guitarist; Five musicians composed Exawatt, Luca Benni, the vocalist, sings with a distinguished strong and moving voice; The keyboardist, Andrea Corsetti, plays very well, orchestrations, solos, piano parts and fast scales; Daniele Palloni, the guitarist, electric and acoustic guitars, heavy and soft harmonies, fast and progressive rhythms, great solos and fast scales; Francesco Strappaveccia, the bassist, notable musician, great work, the drummer, Stefano Coletti, sometimes rhythmic, sometimes arrhythmic; toms, cymbals, percussions and drum programming, he plays everything.
The album is good, over 67 minutes of ppm, ten songs, diversity in each one, for a little moments alike Symphony X, Times Requiem, Skylark and Stratovarius.
Power Of Fate begins with an instrumental intro, keys orchestration, Luca’s starts to sing, heavy song, progressive, two and a half minutes of a musical part, includes a great guitar solo followed by heavy harmonies, the keys are fantastic, I don’t understand the soprano’s sings, I think that don’t be appropriated for the music, for the song, matter of preferences.
Heretic begins with guitar harmonies accompanied by Stefano‘s drums, then appears Andrea‘s keys, sounds like Pinella’s of Symphony X in the begin, later he shows his musical knowledge, next, Francesco plays his bass, great sound, Luca’s voice appear, the guitars harmonies continues, Daniele includes acoustic guitars; as the sun sets down melodic rhythm in the music, contagious chorus that makes that you likes the song (where are you now? It‘s been so long…), Luca shows his voice, suddenly the music turns progressive, fast keyboards, drums percussions and bass, they incorporated Latin rhythms and sings, like Angra, nice song.
On The Wings keyboard intro followed by the guitar, Luca sounds like Shadow Gallery’s singer, good voice, other facet of Luca, Exawatt, talented musicians, just listening at the three minutes of this track, great guitar followed by fast keyboards and bass, Stefano on his own rhythm, is a really good musical part.
Odissea Veneziana instrumental song, starts with neoclassical piano (alike Eddie Antonini) followed by the guitar, the Andrea and Daniele make the best part, rapid drums by Stefano, they show their capacity to make extraordinary prog power metal, great solos.
Dungeon Dance starts with drum programming and heavy guitar riffs, followed by keys, many changes in the rhythm, more keys, progressive power metal is here, key’s solo followed by guitar solo, next, the prog appears, power metal is back and prog to end the song.
Out Of Me: guitar distortion, followed by keys, drums, bass and keys effects, Luca’s voice accompanied by a loud guitar, chorus that sounds repetitive and not so good, good guitar solo followed by progressive guitar and drums, followed by the keys; in synapse they include the voice of Michela Panacci, who sings angelically, her voice is accompanied by drum programming, great start for the song, melancholic prog power metal, Luca’s sings incredibly, Daniele and Stefano makes the rhythm, guitar with keys, next, keys and guitar, for me this is best song.
My Silver Tears, great sentiment of Daniele, he recorded two guitars, sounds very well, Luca’s good voice again, very moving, this is accompanied by the hi hat, Francesco’s bass appears, it’s accompanied by keys that sounds like Pinella’s keys, extraordinary sound of the keys orchestration, painful guitar solo, next, neoclassical keys similar to Richard Andersson, progressive is here, moving voice again followed by the guitar, shine to end the song, excellent theme.
Sigh In Time. The long play ends with progressive, drums, guitars, bass, followed by keys orchestration, prog metal by Exawatt, Luca’s voice, keys, prog drums, melodic guitar with fast scales, the song turns to power metal, and then progressive again.
The album is good, this band promises a lot for a future releases, I’m sure that their best work is start to come, be attentive of Exawatt.
Outstanding band of the United States, from Houston, Texas, to be exactly, they got many influences in their music, great progressive metal, this guys got a lot of talent; Entropy is composed by eight songs, long tracks, almost an hour of metal, it was released on 2002 and in 2004 they made an European release; The band is formed by the guitarist, Clint Wilson, he’s a distinguished player, smart, great solos and heavy harmonies, the vocalist, Don Duzan, he got a pretty good voice, very original, Chris Lucci play the drums, percussions and cymbals, very arrhythmic and progressive, Maurice Taylor is the bass player, complete, plays with feeling and also he’s dexterous, the keyboardist is a dream special guest, Derek Sherinian, everyone knows his work, there aren’t tablatures for the keys part, he’s a fusion/jazz musician, he improves in all the album, he’s an incredible musician, out of this planet, he left a hard work to Cristian van Schuerbeck, but he’ll make it.
The album starts with Entropy, since the beginning it’s perceived a new and fantastic prog metal, great instrumental intro, a rhythmic guitar, fast keys scales, changing drums, all this followed by the bass, powerful piece, after four minutes Don starts to sing, their prog metal is so good; The second track The jester, my preferred, the vocalist demonstrates his voice, captivating, the chorus are full of energy, the guitar distortion is heavy, one more time, many changes in the music rhythm, Clint plays very well, a guitar with a lot of feeling, Chris made great sounds with his drums, Maurice is so notorious in this part and Derek not so lucid, Clint’s solo, the songs ends more faster than the beginning; The third song, Haunted, Starts with the bass and pretty fast guitar, followed by constant drums, many changes in rhythm, then the clear voice appears, two voices recorded, Derek makes his work, Clint plays so well, more changes by all the musicians, good and long guitar solo, after this, musical part, Maurice plays very well, then Derek shows his ability with the keys and then Chris, one more time the guitar and Don’s voice is back, great song; The fourth piece is E –killer, guitar harmonies, strong drums with very good rhythm, then appears Don, I don’t like the chorus, but the music is in the pure style of All Too Human, Derek plays fantastic, Clint’s solo again, heavy harmonies and fast keys, the drums very progressive, very heavy; The fifth track: Arrhythmia, an instrumental piece, very progressive and heavy, great technique and velocity to play, they show of what they made, all the musicians excel, I can imagine ATH playing live this song, simply awesome, starts fast, then turn slow and then faster than everything they played, great solos, great coordination, that’s a talented prog metal band; The sixth theme is Seven deadly sins, another good song, great guitar riffs, loud distortion, changing drums, the bass is so perceptible, the sound of the guitar is good enough, Clint’s solo, ; The seventh track, White stones, wonderful vocals, the rhythm of this song is slower than the others, but is very progressive, very melodic, very heavy, the guitar distortion is so loud, extraordinary keys solo followed guitar solo, only the great makes great things, the band’s work it expressed in this song, amazing; the last piece, the eight song; Undone, a ballad, the best bands always includes a ballad and an instrumental song, ATH made their part, one more time a great voice by Don, fast hi hat by Chris, the bass is very sentimental, guitar harmonies, Derek appears, Clint solo, ends suddenly.
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Denmark’s Pyramaze are back on the metal scene with an incredible album called “Legend Of The Bone Carver”, the follow up to 2004 “Melancholy Beast”. The question is: Does it fill the expectations?, well… we must say it surpass them by far. By far, Legend Of the Bone Carver is one of the best power metal releases of 2006. With this album, the band seems to have placed the last brick into their own style to establish themselves as a metal band that’s here to stay.
The sound of Legend Of The Bone Carver is a mixture of powerful epic sound, aggressive and very melodic guitar riffs, keyboards, drums and bass that combined together creates a metal jewel. Legend Of The Bone Carver is a concept album with some very strong lyrics. It’s an epic story about the balance of good and evil and the legend of “The One” destined for a greater glory… we must say no more, because you have to listen for yourself to discover the story and it’s meaning. Every song takes you deep into the story line. In my opinion, this one is destined to become a metal classic.
The album opens with a narrating voice, preparing you to what yet has to come, the first time I listened to the album I thought I was embarking into Lord Of The Rings or some type of fantasy movie… “Era Of Chaos” a mellow melodic theme prepares you to “The Birth”, the second song of the album that starts with a great slow guitar lead intro. The Birth is a power slow tempo song that will take you to “What Lies Beyond”, song number three, and wait till you hear “Ancient Words Within”. Jonah Weingarten keyboards creates a climax on every song of the album, every note fits perfect with every guitar riff, any bass line and drums, it is almost as if you were listening to a movie score theme. He manages to create an orchestral ambience on the album.
What about the guitars, well…. Prepare yourself to be knocked off your feet, because they simply outdid themselves this time. Michael Kammeyer and Toke Skjønnemand delivered great melodic guitar riff’s and solos, you can hear great leads, very fast melodic solos, not just the average ultra fast shredding without any meaning, they also did a good job with the rhythms guitars. To understand what I’m saying, just listen to “Souls In Pain”, a song that starts with a dramatic intro, one of my favorites.
“She Who Summoned Me”… for me, is the highlight of the album, this song is a beautiful ballad, that starts with a slow piano intro, you can hear Lance King vocals at it’s best on this song, there’s also a guest female singer, Christina Øberg, that gives great intensity to the song, and just when you thought you heard everything, then comes an amazing soulful guitar solo!. For me, this is one of the best solos I ever heard in a ballad song, with a couple of emotionally brilliant played notes, Pyramaze are able to communicate a unique feeling. I will dare to compare this solo with one of my favorites, that includes David Gilmour’s solo on Comfortably Numb, Kirk Hammett solo on Fade to black and Eric Clapton’s Layla solo.
Overall, Legend Of The Bone Carver is a great album; concept albums are always hard to make, the background story has to be strong and every song must fit in the right place or else, the whole thing will not make sense, and in this case, Pyramaze did the right thing. The story fits perfectly with every song and most important, they were able to tell the story right with the right combination of music. Certainly, this will make a classic metal album, a must have!.
Legend Of The Bone Carver – 2006
- Era Of Chaos
- The Birth
- What Lies Beyond
- Ancient Words Within
- Souls In Pain
- She Who Summoned Me
- The Bone Carver
- Bring Back Life
- Blood Red Skies
- Tears Of Hate
- Flame And Retribution (Japanese Bonus Track)
- Michael Kammeyer - Guitars
- Lance King - Vocals
- Jonah Weingarten - Keyboards
- Morten Gade Sørensen - Drums
- Niels Kvist - Bass
- Toke Skjønnemand - Guitars
- Christina Øberg - female vocals on "She Who Summoned Me" & "Blood Red Skies"
- Tomy King - childs voice on "What Lies Beyond"
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Enigmatic Calling is the third release by Pagan’s Mind. Before reading this review, go read the one on their previous cd, Celestial Entrance. Done? Good, because in this review I’m just going to describe the changes in their sound on this cd.
For this new release the overall Pagan’s Mind sound is there, it has just been tweaked in a few places. First, there is a little more of a progressive touch to the songs. The structures are now more complex as opposed to the simpler ones found on previous albums. Also, they have varied the sound of each song a little more, making each one distinct. They also managed to make the already amazing production and mix even better. Overall there is an almost indescribable sense of maturity and growth about this album that can only heard after listening to the two albums back to back. The rest is pretty much the same. Do not, however, get the impression that this is a bad thing. It’s the idea of “don’t fix it if it isn’t broken”. If you liked the previous album you will probably like this one too.
Written by David Edwards