|Review: Sandstone - Epsilon Sky|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2021
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: January 6, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Fifth album from Northern Ireland’s Sandstone and first in eight years. If you read my reviews of their previous couple of albums, 2011’s Cultural Dissonance and 2013’s Delta Viridian, you’ll have learned all you really need to know about Epsilon Sky. It is full of the same high class progressive power metal these guys have been dealing for at least the last 10 years. The vocals are still high and sound like Tony Harnell from T.N.T., there are lots of crunchy guitars that have a modern sound, and songs with more than a passing resemblance to Empire-era Queensrÿche. "I Know Why," "Cuts to You" and "Dies Irae" are upbeat and ballsy, the kinds of songs that muscle out of the speakers and make you sit up and take notice while "Critical" sounds so much like "Silent Lucidity" it borders on homage. Many of the lyrics seem to deal with mental illness, something that is unsurprising in the wake of a global pandemic, but it is also a bit dark in spots. Sandstone does what they do well so if you are looking for a little prog/power in the same arena, if not in the ring, as heavyweights like Symphony X and Threshold, give Epsilon Sky a listen.
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|Review: Cultural Dissonance (reviewed by MetalMike)|
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