|Review: Antiquus - Eleutheria|
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year released: 2006
Review online: December 16, 2006
Reviewed by: Ulysses
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
This certainly is a fine gem for 2006! This Vancouver Prog/Heavy Metal outfit blasts a passage of beautiful music through the cosmos, weaving a path of fine lyrical genius, catchy vocal work, and intricately bizarre yet stunning riffs, echoing bass lines, drum lines that punch holes in galaxies, and leads that explode stars.
The music on here is very hard to describe, but an accurate description would be Traveller-era Slough Feg topped with some similarities of Pharaoh (yes, both are also Cruz Del Sur signed bands as well – I think you can understand why Antiquus are also on the same label) complete with a very technical style and a finely crafted science-fiction/fantasy theme that adds tremendous tone to the lyrics, which therefore add to the stunning vocals which are entirely unique yet incredible to behold.
The plot is incredible, detailing the voyage of a starship captain in the year 1474 who ventures to new planets, only to endure a mutiny by his a crew when the pilot decides to make a break for it and the left over pilot charts are nothing but a mess, which therefore results in the captain to be exiled from his ship with nothing but his journal. If you're as big a geek as I, and you enjoy concept albums, then this'll do nothing more than increase the enjoyment of the album.
I can't really say more about this album, except that it is pretty darn unique and a monumental release by this fine band (who live close to me!). Pick this up if you're a fan of bands such as Pagan's Mind, early Lost Horizon and Queensryche, The Lord Weird Slough Feg, and Pharaoh. This will surely not disappoint! This definitely making its way on my top 10 for 2006.
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