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Review: Old Season - Beyond the Black
Old Season
Beyond the Black

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 1:02:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 26, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Beyond the Black

Rated 3.56/5 (71.11%) (9 Votes)

With a name like Old Season I wasn't really expecting Progressive Metal but that's a big part of what this Irish band is offering. Lots of keyboards, used in a support role, and high vocals means Old Season is in the vein of Threshold more than Dream Theater. The first few songs move along at a good clip and remind me a little of Warlord but the rest of Beyond the Black, their second album, is mid-paced with a sprawling, almost Doom, atmosphere. The lyrics are dense but not so esoteric that dopes like me can't figure them out and really stand out on songs like "Words from Beyond..." Metal-Archives has Old Season listed as "epic" and I can hear that but they sound like "progressive/doom" to me. I haven't been able to latch on to anything other than "Words from Beyond..." but the entire album is well played and enjoyable when it is on, so it is well worth seeking out.

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