Consortium Project - Continuum In Extremeis

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Locomotive Music
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 58:36:00

This is the Consortium Project's second offering and mastermind Ian Parry has once again teamed up with some excellent musicians including Stefan Lill (g) and G?nter Verno (k - Vanden Plas), Patrick Rondat (g - Elegy, solo), and Thom Youngblood (g - Kamelot).

The music is more or less following the style of the debut album: melodic power metal with progressive elements or power/prog if you wish. With three talented guitarists on board there is no surprise that the music is very guitar dominated. The music is filled to the core with catchy, razor sharp riffing backed up by G?nter Werno's keys. Parry is, as always, doing a great job, although I do find his vibrato a bit hard to take occasionally. The rhythm section is very tight and does an irreproachable performance. As with the debut album, the songs have a somewhat dark feeling to them and needs to be heard a few times to be fully appreciated. The melody-lines are very good and I feel this is a stronger album than the debut, due to the consistent quality throughout the CD. The production by Tommy Newton is as always very good coming off crisp, clear and powerful.

I know some people are having a hard time getting into the Consortium Project CDs, but for fans of Parry, Vanden Plas, Elegy and the debut album, this should be a blind purchase. Recommended!

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
Continuum (In Extremis) / Asylum Seekers / The Catalyst / Intrusions Of Madness / Lapse Of Reason / Mirror Image / Sentiment In Sanctuary / What You Sow, You Reap / Asphyxia / Collide-O-Scope / Poetic Justice / As Strangers Walk By*

*Bonus track Japan and USA only

Ian Parry - vocals, synth programming, keyboards
Stefan Lill - guitar
G?nter Werno - keyboard
Patrick Rondat - guitar
Thom Youngblood - guitar
Jan Bijlsma - bass
Patrice Guers - bass
Dirk Bruinenberg - drums
Jack Frost - lead solo guitars

Ian Parry's Consortium Project (1999)
Consortium Project II: Continuum In Extremeis (2001)
Consortium III - Terra Incognita (the Undiscovered World (2003)
Consortium IV - Children Of Tomorrow (2007)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin DE

Added: December 11th 2004
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
Artist website:
Hits: 873
Language: english


[ Back to Reviews Index | Post Comment ]