|Review: Asymmetry - Room 17: Hours Between Shadows And Light|
|Room 17: Hours Between Shadows And Light|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: January 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:Room 17: Hours Between Shadows And Light
Released in the twilight of 2012, we have the debut release from Serbia's progressive metal upstarts Asymmetry. Their brand of prog is of the Scandinavian variety, complete with all the expected ethereal keyboards, and heavy rhythms. If you have any familiarity with bands such as Beyond Twilight, Evergrey, or even the champions of the genre, Anubis Gate, then I can assure that your journey with Asymmetry will be a recognizable one.
Vocally the Serbs aim for the huskier approach, a middle ground between Russell Allen and Mark Boals if you will, which of course adds a degree of both Symphony X and Royal Hunt (Collision Course) to the Asymmetry sound. Aleksandar Stojkovi? definitely houses some good pipes, and I'd say his performance is likely the strongest element here. As for the music, it's very much by the book. Essentially power metal with more complex rhythm and start/stop sections, you know the score by now. Not bad by any stretch - and I do particularly have a love for the style - although non-genre buffs can rest assured they're not missing a single thing.
At three tracks of similar quality and sound, there isn't all that much to be said about Room 17: Hours Between Shadows And Light (golly, that's a mouthful). There's without a doubt potential displayed here, these guys can play and have obviously studied their craft meticulously, serving up a majority of genre conventions in expert fashion. But really, that's the main problem I have with Asymmetry. There just isn't anything new or exciting to draw me in. If the band is planning a full-length then I really hope they can spice their sound up. For now, I could take this or leave it, and I'd imagine you could too.
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