Frameshift - An Absence Of Empathy

Year of Release: 2005
Label: Progrock Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Now multi-instrumentalist and Frameshift mastermind Henning Pauly publishes a no less a strong successor to the highly and critically acclaimed debut of last year (Unweaving The Rainbow) with An Absence Of Empathy. Instead of James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) is on the microphone. Beside Pauly and Bach there is only Eddie Marvin on the drums.

The second chapter of Frameshift is another album based on a specific topic, which turns around human violence. The protagonist of the story would like to understand why violence is present in us, and why she outbreaks again and again. On this basis, he becomes involved in many diverse dreams that let him experience violence from different perspectives, and all that makes one go through frightening experiences.

As for the music, the work is sometimes hard rock in the Skid Row vein ("Just One More"), sometimes more calm (like the wonderful ballad "In An Empty Room") or sometimes highly dramatic ("When I Look Into My Eyes"). The disk is quite varied, strongly produced and has high-quality cohesion. It can be defined as a mix of hard rock and progressive with a lot of programming and sound experiments

Even if the album is very different from anything Pauly has done previously, it's very easy discovering his touch and style in the guitar playing, strings and keys arrangements.

An Absence Of Empathy demonstrates all of Pauly's qualities one more time, and I can claim that it is another top class release.

Human Grain / Just One More / Miseducation / I Killed You / This Is Gonna Hurt / Push The Button / In An Empty Room / Outcast / Blade / How Long Can I Resist / When I Look Into My Eyes / What Kind Of Animal

Sebastian Bach - vocals
Henning Pauly - guitars, banjo, bass, war guitar, piano, b3, Rhodes, synthesizer, hand percussion
Eddie Marvin - drums

Unweaving The Rainbow (2004)
An Absence Of Empathy (2005)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin US

Added: April 24th 2005
Reviewer: Davide Guidone
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Language: english


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