|Review: Kenziner - The Prophecies|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 1999
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: March 14, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.89/5 (57.78%) (9 Votes)
It took me a while to finally start writing this review. I had read so many good comments about this album, but I just couldn't bring myself to award it more than a 3-skulls rating. It's not that it isn't good, it is, and much better than a lot of albums, but there's something wrong with it.
Kenziner is not exactly a band, as the material is written by guitarist Jarno Keskinen, already recognized as an excellent guitarist. As he puts it in a recent interview, it is more like a solo project. This time the band is half-Finnish, half-American... *Maybe* this is the problem. Music done in Europe, vocals in the States... Well, it could work, this time I don't think it does, at least not throughout the album. I can't help but think that the vocals do not exactly match the music, and that bothered me a lot while listening to it (numerous times.) This is unfortunate, as the vocalist is great, as is the music, but put together there's something that just isn't right, at least not to my ears.
My favorite song has to be The Razor's Edge, which sounds great but is also very disturbing lyrics-wise. It's the kind of song that you feel like singing, that stays in your head and won't go away :). Most of the other songs are alright by me, except some where the same lyrics are repeated a little too often for my taste.
Musically there's a lot of great stuff, very technical, progressive, so musicians will probably have a field day listening to it. Sometimes I felt they did a little too much on the keyboards, in places where they could have done without them.
A French magazine called it the best speed metal album since Helloween's Keeper... Part I... I have to disagree (it's progressive power metal anyway), the album is good, but nowhere near that Helloween classic.
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