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Review: Antiquus - Ramayana

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 58:59
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.7/5

Review online: November 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
Readers Rating

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Antiquus is a new name in the vast metal world. I had never heard of these guys before, and as of late, I haven't listened to that much progressive metal, so I picked this one up. I also did it because the Canadian prog scene is pretty small, especially in their hometown of Vancouver. After listening to this album quite a few times, I came to the conclusion that Antiquus may be the next prog band. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that they were formed in 2002. How can a band accomplish a legendary prog album on their debut, AND after merely 3 years of existence? I have no clue how these guys did it, but Ramayana is a fucking great prog album.

A certain thing I disliked about certain prog albums in the past is that they were just a blatant talent show off. This band is in no way a talent show off. In fact, a lot of the riffs on this album, while being pretty technical, seem pretty easy to play. But every song is, of course, beautifully composed. Perfect song structures that make you remember the way every single one sounds, and that makes Antiquus a pretty unique band. Every riff is very melodic and agressive, packed with some brutal drums. The interludes on this album aren't your average acoustic guitar strumming interludes, the interlude "Ayodha" is played by a certain sort of oriental sitar which I've only heard a few times before. However, when there is an acoustic, it's amazing (like the intro to "A Beautiful"). Packed with feelings, but it never last long enough to get you to fall asleep.

This is very epic in a way too, and many feelings are felt throughout this masterpiece. The beginning of "Hanuman" creates a very unique "jungle" atmoshpere, while "Sri Lanka" creates a rather soothing and relaxing atmosphere. Overall this is a great album, and I can't really describe the music any more. If you want some original and unique prog album that will make you coming back from again and again, then look no further than Antiquus' debut. And as their website says: "Melodic - aggressive - intelligent... Metal for the New Millennium... "

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