|Review: Chaos Over Cosmos - The Unknown Voyage|
|The Unknown Voyage|
Year released: 2018
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: March 19, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Unknown Voyage
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
This band is the result of a recent alliance between Spanish singer Javier Calderon, and Polish multi-instrumentalist Rafal Bowman. The album consists of four long songs and one intro. On the one hand, I find quite a bit to like here, on the other hand, the songwriting is not one of those things. Bowman is a solid player, and his guitar work is pretty good. The drums are programmed, but they don't sound too bad. Calderon is a decent singer, if not amazing. Some of the riffs and melodies are pretty sweet, and could have made some good songs. Instead, the band built these massive, 10-15-minute behemoths that don't have enough going on to justify the length. Opener "Armour of the Stars" has riffs and melodies to make a good 5-minute song, nowhere near enough for its 14:47 length. Other songs are similar, in that they don't contain nearly enough interest to maintain their running times. There is far too much repetition of vocal lines especially, and even when you hear a good bit, it gets overdone and becomes almost annoying.
If this band wants to write huge, epic Prog/Power songs, then I am all for that, but they need enough going on to keep the songs exciting the whole way through. There are good ideas here, and nothing really bad, but there's not enough good stuff to prop up the songwriting ambitions at play.
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