|Review: Reversion - King Of Deceit|
|King Of Deceit|
Label: Kampas Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: March 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:King Of Deceit
Reversion are a very enthusiastic Progressive Metal band, by the looks of the debut album from these Finns. Borrowing in no small amount from the 70s Prog Rock scene like Rush and Yes and combining those influences with a heavy, modern crunch, Reversion have created here a very entertaining album for all of you who thought that the last Pagan's Mind album was silly. They all play their instruments well, and sometimes Samuli Federly busts out some really great guitar shred solos; surely the best part of this album. Aleksi Parviainen, on the vocals, resembles what people think every prog singer sounds like - clean, with a lot of range and a tendency to sing acute, complex melodies that will go right over the heads of most people - and he does a generally good job, although one of my complaints about this disc is that he doesn't stick to one style enough. Seriously, man, you don't have to switch styles every verse to keep things interesting! One verse he's singing clean and mellow, the next he's growling, the next he's harmonizing over himself...it's too much, and it really makes this album hard to listen to.
I think that's a problem with this disc that is pretty typical for prog. I mean, for fans, this is the shit. You will eat up songs like the title track or the soulful "Event Horizon" if you're into prog, but for fans of more compressed and easily pleasing music, this will be pretty hard to get into, and this band loses some points for that. Every song is crammed with every little nuance and intricacy that the band could think of; every last riff and sound effect and guitar lick and drum fill they could muster, with bits and pieces of it being memorable and cool, but never really entire songs. It certainly does make for an interesting listen, despite how generic this is, but that's about the only level I can enjoy this album on: this sort of "ooh, look at the pretty colors" type of enjoyment. This is the kind of album that slowly fades out of your mind as you're listening to it, becoming background music sadly quickly - it's a shame, as I really do like this. The band just hasn't found their unique groove yet. If they can tighten up their songwriting and do something a little more innovative, Reversion just might one day produce something truly noteworthy.
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