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Review: Standing Ovation - The Antikythera Mechanism
Standing Ovation
The Antikythera Mechanism

Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 54:26
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: January 22, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The Antikythera Mechanism

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (6 Votes)

Finland's Standing Ovation provide us with a slab of fruity progressive metal on their debut full-length The Antikythera Mechanism (gosh, that's a bit of a mouthful). The band are clearly in the business of mixing styles around, drawing inspiration from right across the metal spectrum.

The album has its moments here and there, although for the most part I'm left pretty cold. The vocals are quite annoying, having this eccentric folky James Hetfield type vibe going on. The music is well played, although they can't seem to stick to one particular section for too long, which is something quite a few prog metal bands are guilty of. As a result this leaves me cold like acts such as Haken do, although on the other hand fans of said act might well find enjoyment.

There's little left to say, as this is jittery progressive metal done by the numbers. Some bands do this style well, but for a debut I feel Standing Ovation have certainly bitten off more than they can chew, and as a result I can't really tell what they're trying to say with this album. There are some good moments although every time one comes around it's quickly followed by an uncomfortable change up or lunatic segments. If you like this kind of nutty progressive metal, then Standing Ovation will be worth looking into, however I think I'll remain in my seat, stern faced and awaiting the next act.

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