|Review: Altered Symmetry - Prologue|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: June 28, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
I usually try to keep in perspective how long a band has been around when I write my reviews but I'm not finding it easy to come up with good things to say about Columbia's Altered Symmetry. First, they've chosen Progressive Metal and a band needs to have some seriously good chops to make a go of it in that genre. The musicians in Altered Symmetry sound competent and who knows how good they may become, but right now there's nothing special about their playing. Singer Arley Gomez sounds off-key for much of their debut, Prologue. He only seems comfortable on slower ballads like "A Day that Changed All." The rest of the songs are generic and forgettable while the production is stiff and lifeless (to be fair, it is probably self-produced.) The sound is sort of a mix between early Labyrinth and maybe Coexistence, but much less engaging. I wouldn't go so far as to say a true Progressive Metal fanatic couldn't find something to like on Prologue but the majority of them probably won't.
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