Released: Sept, Eclipse Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Originally formed back in 2010 in Venezuela as a means to cope with the tragic loss of his Mother and Grandmother, front man Eduardo recruited friends from the local music scene to record their debut album, and after quickly gaining popularity around the country after a series of tours finally released their first "All the Hated" in late 2013 to critical acclaim, their first single named after the album title even ending up on the "Rock Band" Videogame, gaining them even more popularity, this time from the good old U S of A. This popularity brought with it a very large realisation, being that if they wanted to taste further success they would need to relocate to the United States to further their ambitions.
So it came to pass that Eduardo and Abelardo (The Drummer) would indeed leave everything behind and travel to Los Angeles, whereby they then recruited the rest of the band as it is today. This is but a brief summary of events, and the rest is, as they say, history, and can be read about elsewhere for the more curious. For now, let us speak of the music.
Put simply, these guys are amazing. Progressive Metal mixed with Classic Rock sensibilities , surely not destined to please the hard core Black or Death Metal fanatics out there but well worth your time if you have a leaning towards something a little more serene. Having said that these boys can and do certainly make a bold statement with their music, each being the consummate artist on their respective instruments. The Lead Guitar work of Richard Garcia is simply breathtaking, invoking both atmosphere and emotion in equal parts, before being brought back into the fold by the more than solid Rhythm section, creating a sound that at times can be totally awe inspiring.
The Whole album to be honest, and feel to shoot me down in flames, put me in mind of two of the greatest bands on the planet for mine, one coming from a completely different end of the musical spectrum than the other, the first being Fates Warning. The Vocals of Eduardo are at least comparable to those of Ray Adler, not so much in tone as in delivery in some parts, and the Rhythm section again at times reminded me at their heaviest moments of the one and only Xentrix from England (A Thrash band from around the mid 80's who after a couple of breaks are still going). The Guitar sound had that "For Whose Advantage" sound about it on some of the earlier songs, nothing to be snorted at. Yes for the most this album does fall into a more traditional kind of Prog/Rock expedition, but those elements only serve to make it even more memorable.
Kudos for taking such a bold move Eduardo and Co. I have a feeling the gamble may be the best move you have ever made.