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I look forward to hearing from these guys in the future, hopefully with an even more aggressive, modern approach.

The logo of this band from France made me think of a revised Queensrÿche one, and there's no doubt that this album's sound, themes and sonic imaginary lean towards a conceptual/intellectual Prog Metal that I've definitely heard many times before. Though there's a slight hint of Iron Maiden-ish retro-sound (especially in the guitars) through these tracks, and I'm not facing a modern and massive wall of sound you would expect from a Dream Theater or Symphony X album, they can definitely give you a sense of modern, thoughtful and elaborated Heavy Metal power. For instance, the almost eight minute title-track recreates that kind of 'Operation: Mindcrime' anarchic mood, and will give you a painful, intense and critical glance at the world of nowadays, where we're given the idea of being free, but in practice, we're small alienated robots working for a huge bloody chain gang.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Of course, some of the high-profile notions spread by their lyrics are not always supported by the voice of the singer, neither by the arrangements of the rest of the band. Sometimes there's a predictability and naivety that must be normal with a band at its debut stage. Nevertheless, I give them credit for not being too intellectual – let's say, boring – like many other bands involved in this genre, and for having a kind of harshness and, at traces, rapacity that can be heard in songs like 'Heaven's Image' and 'Misunderstood'. That's why it doesn't surprise me that much they included Slayer and Metallica as their influences, but just because of this, I would have dared a lot more in terms of sound production and made those riffs and accelerations sharper and more threatening. Admittedly, that's a little strange when you consider that the album was mixed by Frank Manier, former keyboard of the Symphonic Metallers Siren's Call, and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima (Megadeth, Pain Of Salvation, Ayreon, etc.)

I look forward to hearing from these guys in the future, hopefully with an even more aggressive, modern approach, but this is just my humble opinion. Maybe for another kind of (more conservative) listener, they're already perfect.

Enrico Navella

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