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Review: Status Minor - Ouroboros
Status Minor

Label: Lion Music
Year released: 2012
Duration: 50:32
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 2, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

It's been three years since Finnish Progressive Metal band Status Minor released their debut album, Dialog. I was hooked by this album, as were many other fans of Progressive Metal. It was a multi-layered and skillfully played tour de force and showed that these hungry, devoted musicians had impressive skills.

Status Minor's nine-track follow-up opus, Ouroboros, is just as impressive. The word "ouroboros," from the Greek, describes an ancient symbol in which a serpent or dragon eats its own tail. This is meant to represent the perpetual cycle of life. That's pretty heavy stuff and suits the album, which is no easier to digest than the band's debut. Basically, the first couple of listens might simply go in one ear and out the other, but if you've got some patience, the pieces will start to fall into place and you'll be in Progressive Metal heaven (pardon the cliché metaphor.)

For the devoted Progressive Metal fan, Ouroboros offers a good amount of entertainment. Names like Dream Theater, Evergrey and even Symphony X will come to mind as you listen as Status Minor have obviously put in countless hours crafting the album. Catchy melodies and choruses, beautifully constructed hooks, airy keyboards and fragile piano parts and quick tempo changes abound. Trying to rank the songs on Ouroboros is unnecessary as the album is full of quality songwriting but the most ear-catching has to be the 10 minute closer, "Sail Away." This epic track sucks listeners in and carries them away on waves of Progressive Metal. It doesn't hurt that Eluvietie's Anna Murphy shows up as a guest vocalist, her voice contrasting nicely with Markku Kuikka's powerful singing.

By itself, Ouroboros will hardly change the Progressive Metal world but it shows Status Minor's potential to shake the foundations with some mature and interesting music.

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