|Review: Time Requiem - Time Requiem|
Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: May 1, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
I received this album at the same time I received the Karmakanic disc and through the promo material they were both mentioned as progressive metal. I was a little nervous since I really didn’t care for the way out experimentation displayed on the Karmakanic disc but after throwing this one in the CD player it didn’t take me very long to realize that where the Karmakanic disc lost me this one has everything that I enjoy when listening to progressive metal.
This album is filled with amazing musicianship, very well written songs and hooks that really draw you into the music. I don’t even know where to begin when talking about the various musicians on this album so I will have to go with my personal favorites. To start the drum work provided by Peter Wildoer is simply amazing and has to be some the best drumming I have heard for the genre as a whole. The guitar and keyboard work in concert providing some really awe-inspiring moments where they trade leads but it doesn’t come off as useless "wankering" since it really fits the songs overall feel. The star of the album for me though was the incredible vocal work of Apollo Papathanasio. The range and depth in his vocals really impressed me and not just from a technical standpoint…he simply has a great voice and when his technical prowess is added to that fact it really makes him stand out. The songs themselves are all well written and at times cross over into an almost power metal feel which makes me like the album even more.
Overall this album is a progressive metal fans wet dream come true. If you like this genre even in the slightest this is one of those buy or die albums. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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