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Review: Suspyre - When Time Fades
When Time Fades

Label: Sensory Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 75:36
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: December 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
When Time Fades

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Did you ever wonder if smug progressive masturbation would ever meet unbearably self-indulgent melodeath? If those two lines of nonsense would ever cross at some kind of dreadful vanishing point? And if they did, where would it happen? Right about here, as it turns out.

Suspyre combine everything you hate about Prog and Melodeath into one convenient package. Pointless instrumental wanking? Got it. Aggressively over-emotive clean vocals? Got those. Faux-intellectual song titles and themes? All over the place. Self-satisfaction reeking from every note? Oh yeah. If In Flames and Gardenian followed their logical progression to meld with shit like Shadow Gallery in order to form a melted, hideous mockery of them all, this would be that band. Listenable melodies are constantly interrupted with lead breaks and time shifts, just to be sure we are always aware of how smart this band thinks it is. Sharp playing and decent production cannot cover the total malfunction of songwriting that has produced a lot of music, but no songs. Shitty effects and even benighted narration serve to remind us that this band is trying to be about something, despite that they seem to be about annoying me. Enough.

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