|Review: Anthropia - Non-Euclidean Spaces|
Year released: 2015
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: April 28, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
With a title like Non-Euclidean Spaces it isn’t all that surprising Anthropia’s third album has a strong Lovecraftian theme. In fact, the lyrics written by this French band are often from the perspective of Lovecraft himself in the first person. I won’t say how accurate the writer is portrayed as I’ve not read much of his stuff (the shame!) but the story on Non-Euclidian Spaces is pretty interesting. I haven’t heard either of this band’s prior albums but I’m going to give this one high marks if only because they remembered that Progressive Metal isn’t just about esoteric rhythms and odd time signatures. They actually put some thought into how the vocal lines fit into the songs and made sure the melodies weren’t overshadowed by the technicality of the playing. I truly enjoyed Non-Euclidean Spaces every time I spun it even if I couldn’t remember much afterward. That probably means the album requires more time than I’m able to give it but it also isn’t so dense that a casual listen will make your brain hurt and that’s an impressive accomplishment. The playing is excellent, as you would expect, and both vocalists handle their parts admirably. If there’s a knock, and it is one that plagues a lot of albums these days, it is that Non-Euclidean Spaces is a bit too long and toward the end the band stretched a few ideas too thinly. Still, a solid effort that should please both casual and die-hard Prog Metal fans.
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