Time Machine - Reviviscence (Liber Secundus)

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Sensory
Catalog Number: SR3023
Format: CD
Total Time: 56:44:00

Italy has contributed a lot to the culture of this world. But also musically Italy plays a part, even in progressive music. One of the most known bands is probably Rhapsody. But since 1993 another band is paving their road to becoming known, and with success: Time Machine. With some shame I have to admit I did not know this band. One look at the bio of this band shows they have a considerable history and have released a lot of material.

Their latest disc, Reviviscence, is my first taste of this band, but then immediately a good one. Because Reviviscence is an amazing album that got me hooked from the moment I played it. If you were under the impression all current prog metal releases are all sounding alike, this album will surprise you, positively. Because Time Machine, for one, is not another Dream Theater wannabee. On the contrary, the sound on Reviviscence is fresh and catchy. Not a purely metal album, but a very balanced album bringing a solid sound, where the chemistry between band and listener definitely is present.

Honestly said, I am not a big fan of Italian vocalists and I don?t think Sivo is the best singer around. But in the big picture he sounds fine. At least he knows what he should and should not do, for at no time he sounds bad or annoying. The base of the band, Deho and Percich, are really tight and fortunately are never dominating. The mix of the album is very good and creates a coherent sound, with nothing standing out of the crowd. The many, and often subtle guitar riffs, make it a delight to listen to.

The album sounds as if it is one song, so I won?t say which songs are the best or my personal favourites, because I don?t have any. From start to finish this is a top class album. And hopefully a new beginning for the prog metal genre! Without a shadow of a doubt I can say Reviviscence is an essential album for the fans of progressive rock and metal.

I am so glad I got to know this great band, cause amongst the many mediocre releases that are out these days, this is pure fireworks. A great album to enjoy. Also check out their discography, as there are many more great albums by this band that are worth to be listened to. But do yourself and your speakers a favour and get this album. You won?t regret it, much sooner receive the gratitude of your speakers and your ears.:-)

Also released by Massacre Records (MAS PC0434)

Obscurity Within / Rotten Souls / Reviviscence / Sator / Angel Lucifer / Burning Crosses / Grains of Sand / Alhambra / Tears of Jerusalem / The Calling / Seeds of Revolution / Revelation / *Signs

Marco Sivo ? Vocals
Gianluca Ferro - Guitars, keyboards, programming
Gianluca Galli - Guitars
Lorenzo Deho - Bass, keyboards, programming
Sigfrido Percich - Drums, programming

Project: Time Scanning (1993)
Dungeons of the Vatican (1994) (Japanese ep)
Act II: Galileo (1995)
Shades Of Time (ep) (1997)
Secret Oceans Part I (ep) (1998)
Eternity Ends (1998)
Secret Oceans Part 2 (ep) (1998)
Hidden Secrets (2000)
Aliger Daemon (ep) (2001)
Evil (Liber Primus) (2001)
Reviviscence (2004)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin IT

Added: February 19th 2005
Reviewer: Marcel Haster
Artist website: www.timemachine.cjb.net
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Language: english


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