|Review: Halcyon Way - Building the Towers|
|Building the Towers|
Label: Nightmare Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: January 9, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Building the Towers
Rated 2.8/5 (56%) (10 Votes)
Oh dear god! What the hell is this mess? On Nightmare Records, no less? Christ, I think I need to lie down. Atlanta's Halcyon Way are from a school of metal that incorporates somewhat core-ish Prog Metal into a template of melodic guitar leads (a la DragonForce), nasty, down-tuned riffage (hello Nevermore), crunchy Death Metal production (The Chasm, perhaps?), and double vocal attacks, one in the Job For A Cowboy vein, the other a nasal wannabe Power Metal falsetto that's about as strong as an anorexic ten year old. Some of the riffs are decent enough (when they are full-on Prog and not fucking about with break-downs and other pathetic attention-grabbing devices), and even the vocal melodies, when sung in the lower register, can be captivating. But really, for a better example of Prog Metal that mixes Power and Death elements you need to hear Into Eternity, not this near monstrosity. You see Building The Towers in your local record store, you should knock it to the floor and "accidentally" stamp on it. Whoops, my bad (but good for the store owner).
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