From the get go 'After All These Years' starts with a sombre melody and vocals. With his Marillion-like seriousness and personal - if not dramatic performance he rises above the bulk of neo-prog acts. I sometimes just feel understood by this music. Throughout the album Metamorphosis thrives in simple but moving musical ideas, with little noodling. Some of the electric guitars are played beautifully and add to the atmospheric Floydian approach. Bass and drums are there to support keyboards, guitar and vocals.
With a running time of 65 minutes this album could have easily been strengthened in the cutting room, though I must admit I listen to it for its relaxing take on the genre. Production and sound is fine as well. Three and a halve stars. Review by apps79 Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. The attempt to make Metamorphosis sound more original was partly succesful for Jean-Pierre Schenk, truth is the Genesis-inspired keyboard leaks were somewhat reduced, although some grandiose, orchestral backgrounds come definitely out of the British legends' repertoire, on the other hand the PINK FLOYD influence had become the band's driving Album), albeit in a much more modern fashion.
The album is based on long, atmospheric, instrumental textures with some slight spacious and symphonic soundscapes, covering nicely the sci-fi concept, still ''Then all was silent'' lacks some of the killer melodies and monster arrangements of the previous work.
Slow tempos, FLOYD-ian synth explorations, nice guitar work by Esposito and Grillon and acoustic textures all the way with the story unfolding throughout, but the dynamics are limited to the power of the concept with Schenk avoiding to pass it into the album's sound. According to his words, this work was downright pessimistic about the future of humans, so he managed to deliver highly emotional music with the focus on atmospheric instrumentals and lyrics. Very good album for the purpose it serves.
Would it sound a bit more energetic like on the beautiful ''Beyond the wall''it would be Album) trully excellent release. Warmly recommended. The compositions are long, atmospheric and sensitive with interesting melodies, nice background keyboards, including organ, and delicate vocal lines in a full FLOYD-ian mood, as it happens during the first half of the album.
While unfolding, ''Nobody cares'' becomes more and more versatile and interesting. Among the great keyboard rains some lovely piano lines help on delivering mellow and calmer, imaginative soundscapes. The grand epilogue comes with the closing, almost min. Review by kev rowland Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer. There is a great many layers in the music, and it is this that is still most in keeping with Floyd, but it can be argued that this has more in common with Porcupine Tree especiallyIQ and even Galahad at times.
There is a real depth and purpose to the music, and although at times some of the melodies can be a little simplistic the overall impression is that this is a really enjoyable album. It certainly benefits from repeated plays and is a step forward from his previous albums.
Well worth investigating. Review by ZowieZiggy Prog Reviewer. The opener "Song For My Son" holds each of these aspects. The second song "The Fight Is Over" is of simple structure and more hard rocking even Album) some Eastern influences add a special touch. The longest song available "Hey Man" features each element I have outlined in my introduction, Metamorphosis Part II - Ambra (4) - Honour & Glory (CD.
Melodic, prog metallic, symphonic: Album) get it all! A special mention for the guitar work. This song is a highlight and one of their all-time best. This "Dark" album is a very good surprise. This one is somewhat "Genesis" oriented. The rock ballad "You" is also well performed and offers superb melodies and some great guitar breaks.
It's a simple song in its structure but very catchy and pleasant. It is one of the most symphonic of the whole work. The second longest song for six second is quite upbeat: the prog metal elements are plenty but this one is truly more prog than metal on Metamorphosis Part II - Ambra (4) - Honour & Glory (CD contrary of the hordes of bands catalogued in this genre. The long instrumental intro five minutes is a real delight to listen to. When vocals enter the scene, a definite "IQ" feel is invading.
But the band shouldn't be blamed for that. They are pleasant and are merging with the music quite well. Again, the closing section is just perfect: sustained keyboards and wonderful guitar. It is another highlight. This is a very good album. Even if it lasts for more than an hour, one doesn't feel like it since most of the songs are quite enjoyable. Four stars is my rating. Well done guys! Well, the least that I can say is that it started with an excellent song: "The Birth"; even if the combination of "Genesis" for the first part and Floyd for the second one is not very personal or original.
The PG feel during vocals is not new for this band and might irritate some persons; but during "When Kenny Was Sad" it is the similarity with "IQ" that is most noticeable: melancholic and sad indeed. So far, so good. Halas, "Springtime" is a syrupy ballad that shouldn't have been included here: the album is long enough to avoid such a weak and useless track. Again the influence is fully "Genesis" and "IQ" oriented. The whole mood though of all these tracks which have started with "When Kenny Was Sad" is really mellow and too sad.
Too much of the same as well. For symphonic maniac, I'm afraid that this band doesn't fulfill the expectations. At times symphonic, OK. But only occasionally. Even the title and closing number which is by far the longest compositions is not meeting the expectations: no passionate instrumental passages, average vocal ones. No big deal to tell the truth. Retrieved 5 January Asian Mirror.
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