|Review: Virtual Symmetry - Virtual Symmetry|
Label: Sensory Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: November 14, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
When the first song starts with a piano intro and is 19 minutes long, you know some prog shit is about to go down. Sensory Records, of course, have a long history with these kinds of releases, and some of them are better than others. I always have to investigate and see how well a band rein in their darkest prog impulses, and as this album is self-titled, and the opening title track is the same name, I expected there was some ego raging here, and I was not wrong.
There is a broad similarity to bands like Symphony X and Pagan's Mind, which is hardly a surprise. This is prog, so the performances are excellent and the recording is clean and glossy. Singer Marco Pastorino has a capable but not very distinct voice, so he sounds like a lot of other prog singers. My problems with this album are pretty much the same ones I have with a lot of prog—there are some excellent melodies and moments on here, but the songs are disjointed and don't add up to more than the sum of their parts. A lot of the songs here—especially the interminable title cut—are too long and just draw everything out for no real reason. If you are a fan of prog, then you may very well like this more than I do, but overall I find this pretty average for the genre.
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