I was never a big fan of Saxophone in rock music, more often than not I think it ruins the songs. However, there is one exception and that is John Helliwell from Supertramp. I really like his style and thankfully, as there is a lot of sax on this record, Eric Tewalt’s playing seams to by influenced by him.
If you held a gun to my head and gave me a choice of best song on the album that I will repeat every day or you will shoot me, I would be shot.
Huge concepts? Check. Thought provoking lyrics? Check. Good, melodic hooks? Yep. Incredible musicianships? You betcha. Lots of weird timesignatures and plenty of widdly bits? Well, slap my ass and call me Shirley if that isn´t ripe for an good ol´ boxticking as well.
I think that this and the two previous albums produced by Ezrin are the bands best albums since the MK II breakup in the seventies and at this moment “Whooosh!” is probably the best of them
With ”Heatwave” it is a more full packed delivery of good above average quality.
I find myself just enjoy the record and completely forget about reviewing. That is a good thing! Try skillful musicians, great production and fantastic vocal performance. And that´s about it I think…
The question is how much you weight the lack of originality towards the power of the songs, and how this lands the album in six or seven points. It’s a tough nut, but in the end, it falls down to six.
But the main course is undoubtably the fact that you can hear Wayne Static sing again, who is one of the most underrated metal vocalists of all time
The album starts very impressive with three mighty prog songs that should make any old time Kansas fan happy. These songs “The Absence of Presence”, “Throwing Mountains” with an almost Rush like opening riff and “Jets Overhead” with an excellent violin solo by Ragsdale are like a continuation of classic Kansas in true adventures Kerry Livgren style
For me who really is no fan of metalcore this was/is a nice experience and also a reminder to myself to not be so comfortable in just going for same old, same old.
There is not one single weak song on this album and it feels so extremely well constructed. It is as if the whole piece is a puzzlebox where every single part has its place without being forced to fit. It simply flows, if you follow my drift…
The recording was done without the bands knowledge which doesn’t make their deliverance of their ”Nautic Funeral Doom” less impressive!
If this is his final statement, he surely made his point come across. He made himself the one true link between the American heritage of music and literature.
Paralydium races out of the gates as a pack of starving wolves picking up the scent of a nearby barbeque
If you are into bands like Nifelheim, Merciless and Possessed and haven’t yet heard Vampire you should definitely give them a chance
This is well written and arranged heavy metal featuring some wonderful multiharmony vocals accentuated by brutal death metal screams. This record is chock full of terrific choruses and hooks.