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Review: Nation Beyond - The Aftermath Odyssey
Nation Beyond
The Aftermath Odyssey

Label: Burning Star Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 62:45
Tracks: 13
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 7, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Aftermath Odyssey

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

This is an ambitious and overly long album of heavy Power Metal with definite prog tendencies, as one would only expect from a Sensory release. Nation Beyond are a six-person band with both a male and a female singer, and they have really pushed themselves for this release, unfortunately, grand intentions do not automatically make great music.

The music itself is heavy, rather complex, and well-played, but the overall effect is more interesting that gripping. As with a lot of concept albums, the pedantic needs of the story result in drawn-out, repetitive compositions that are not terribly compelling. The storyline is rather interesting, but the lyrics themselves are extremely corny and overwrought. I do wish this band had eschewed the concept and just written an album of good songs, as I think that would have worked much better. The vocals are good, and the production is excellent, but the songwriting falls far short of what the band was aiming for. This is not as badly overdone as some of Savatage's later albums, but it's not as musically strong either. Nation Beyond come across as too pretentiously top-heavy to be really good.

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