|Review: New Eden - Obscure Master Plan|
|Obscure Master Plan|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: September 23, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Obscure Master Plan
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (6 Votes)
You find this touted as a lost classic of US Prog-Power, but really, Obscure Master Plan is a fumbling, pieced-together release that has moments of greatness, sadly marred by bad recording methods and a lack of direction. Song-wise, there is nothing memorable (with the exception of "I Am", which manages to stand out thanks to a simple but effective refrain), and this is a shame because the band are obviously talented, especially vocalist Tony Devita, who has the Fates Warning wail down to a tee. Musically, this is much like a lot of US Power Metal in that it takes its cues from Steel Prophet, Onward, Jacobs Dream, Omen, and Queensryche, except the progressive element is much more prominent in the arrangements, which are cluttered with swirling drum patterns, tremolo riffs, and overlaying harmonies that squeal relentlessly.
Fact of the matter is, despite the talent on display, Obscure Master Plan is quite boring, and frankly, with so much choice in the Prog-Power world, unnecessary.
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