Timestorm - Shades Of Unconsciousness

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Elevate Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 48:27:00

Here's another newcomer to the Italian power/speed metal scene. Together with Underground Symphony, Elevate records is the leading prog/power/speed metal label in Italy. Only, Elevate seem to be more consistent when it comes to quality of their releases.

Timestorm's sound is described by the label as in the same vein as Rhapsody, Labyrinth and Eldritch. And I guess that is an OK description although I would also like to add Falling Time to those comparisons. It's melodic, up-tempo, heavy and progressive. I get the same feeling about this as I did with the Pand?monium disc. The music is absolutely great and the musicians are outstanding, but unfortunately their vocalist is too weak. He's not THAT bad though; I am perfectly capable of listening to this without bothering too much about the vocals, but compared to the quality of the music and musicians, their singer should have been of the same quality as well. With a great vocalist, this CD would have been DA BOMB!

As mentioned, the quality of the songs are top notch and the production is pretty good. Fans of abovementioned bands should probably check this CD out, but be aware of the vocals. Although the music is good for a 4 point rating, I deduct 1 point due to the vocals. Hopefully the band will have another vocalist for the next album, then this band will be ready to compete with the leading bands of the genre!

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

Lost In The Net / Shades Of Unconsciousness / Katharsis / Introspection / Labyrinth Of Dreams / In The Shadows / Away / The King And The Rain / Mother Grace

Fabrizio Troiano - lead guitar, classical and acoustic guitar
Marco Migliaccio - rhythm, acoustic guitar and additional voice
Gianluca Maccarone - drums
Alessandro Valdambrini - piano and keyboards
Antonello Neri - bass guitar
Pino Chirico - lead vocals

Shades Of Unconsciousness (2000)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin IT

Added: March 29th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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Language: english


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