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Review: Psychema - The Entry Point
The Entry Point

Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 44:35
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 3, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Entry Point

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)

Formed in 2007, Psychema is a 5-piece Progressive Metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They recorded one 4-track demo (About Face) in 2009 before releasing their full-length studio album, The Entry Point, in 2012. It is an impressive effort for such a young band, in terms of innovation, and Psychema seem determined to forge their own identity and not be perceived as a copycat of some other band.

Having listened to the album 3-4 times in a row, I am confident in saying that we have something here that is truly different, something that manages to keep my interest every time. For some strange reason Psychema reminds me of another Finnish act, The Black League, especially the Ichor era when The Black League were at their best. There is also a progressiveness similar to what you find on Amorphis' Elegy album. Some of this is clearly related to Tomi Kallava's rough, harsh and masculine vocals, which are not at all typical for a Progressive Metal band. The strengths of Psychema seem to be their vision about what they want their music to sound like and their understanding of what they can accomplish with their particular skills.

There's one song on this record, "Repetitive Moments," that gives the listener a clear picture of the unorthodox approach to Progressive Metal taken by Psychema. Did you say it was bombastic, powerful, cleverly composed and even epic? I certainly think so. All in all, a promising debut from Psychema, one that points to good things down the road.

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