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Antithesis [Import]

AntithesisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 26, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Intromental
  • ASIN: B00004R2HH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews


Detlef Dengler / HEAVY ODER WAS? / Magazine / Germany / November '99 / (10 out of 12 points)

Wow, what an ass-kicker of an album! Antithesis comes from Ohio and plays a kind of music, that a lot of you readers know, love and idolizes. Just not once, this American band sounds like Anacrusis, Intruder or Watchtower. Stylistic this is however much more in the power-thrash vein. To make this mixture sound appealing, only the best musicians could be used, and Antithesis is definitely it!

Already the opener "Netherworld" surprises with it great building-up a rough heaviness, very powerful vocals and impressing guitar-riffing. Despite the complexity of the arrangements, the five guys knows exactly how to, through breaks and tempi-changes, make songs well worth listening and overall excellent.

Intelligent metal fans, who wants something extravagant should be forced into getting this small jewel. -- Heavy Oder Was?! Germany

Marco Korn / WAY UP / Magazine / Germany / November '99

Coming home on a Monday evening, a package from the USA lies in my letter-box. So, I opened it and put the CD into the CD-player - abrupt I'm standing there with my mouth wide open. I don't know, how come the USA has so many talented bands, because these guys from Ohio definitely know how to play progressive power metal. Riff-attacks, that remind me of Helstar, guitar leads like Symphony X, an absolute tight rhythm section and a shouter, like he has to be.

ANTITHESIS made me crying tears of joy, because there is really not much to criticize, unbelievable. In spite of this debut is a self-financed record, it has a powerful sound. Already the opener or "Breeding The Beast" makes the album value for money. The performance is overwhelming, this album is a killer and a must for all fans of this genre. -- Way Up Magazine, Germany

O.S. / TURN OR BURN / Webzine / November '99 / (8 out of 8 points)

This is U.S. metal at its VERY best. As you can read in the interview with Antithesis elsewhere on this homepage, they see themselves in the tradition of bands like Dream Theater and Watchtower as far as musical skills are concerned. But don't worry, despite this very technical orientation Antithesis are able to write compact songs which you can also understand if you haven't studied music on a theoretical level at college. As mentioned before this CD contains nine very well produced tracks of U.S. power metal. By this I mean that Antithesis sound much more like New Eden or Helstar, than like European-style power metal bands such as Helloween or Hammerfall. It is impossible to pick out any of the songs as a special highlight, since each song is a little musicial "jewel" in itself and thus I would do injustice to the other songs if I picked one out only. While the songs can all be said to belong to roughly the same musical genre, there is still a lot of variation between them. You never get the impression that Antithesis ran out of good ideas and thus started copying their own stuff over and over again (like so many other bands do!).

I hope that Antithesis will still be around for a very long time because I feel that this band has an enormous musical potential and is able to record albums that will appear in many all-time-fave-lists of true metal fans in the future. Let us pray that they will find a record company that is able to support them in the best possible way, because then the future should look very bright for this great band. But since I am not concerned with the future here, but with the present, let me recommend this album to you very much. It is worth your attention. Buy it and love it! -- Turn or Burn, Germany

Product Description

Cleveland based ANTITHESIS bring their self-titled, full length, debut CD to the metal industry and fans. Recorded at AudioWorks studios in Cleveland, Ohio, with engineering by the talented Ed Tomecko, and self produced, Antithesis clearly demonstrates intentions of becoming a force in the progressive metal scene. Antithesis brings the listener a variety of heavy grooves, intense vocal and instrumental harmonies, and a full compliment of melodic hooks all equaling some of the most creative, thought provoking compositions for the progressive thinking mans genre.. Antithesis was compiled with the efforts of accomplished guitarist Sean Perry, the lyrical depth and vocal talents of Ty Cook, drummer Paul Kostyack, and bassist James Lewis. Antithesis will take the listener from one emotional plane to the next, picking up non-traditional metal fans along the way. For the music fan, metal or otherwise, Antithesis is everything you would want, expect, and more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, these guys are great... December 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you like bands like treasure land and iced earth, these guys are a perfect mix. They've got the great technical prowess of treasure land (who by the way were heavily influenced by Malmsteen) and the great power metal sound of Iced earth. I actually give this album a 4.8 out of 5, but they don't have that option :) I highly recommend this CD to fans of shred guitar and heavy metal, this is an excellent mix of both. I can't wait until the next album, these guys will become recognized as one of the great (sort of prog) metal bands one day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ... but not a standout release January 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
With this debut, Antithesis definitely demonstrates their potential to be a major player in the prog metal game. With exceptional playing and intriguing song-writing, the pieces were all there, but still this album just seemed to be missing something (other than superior production) that would make it all come together. The overall feel to the album gave the impression that the band was indecisive as to just what kind of metal they wanted to be: traditional, progressive, power, or technical. The album has its brighter moments -- and its duller ones -- and while I'd consider it a good release, nothing about the album really jumped way out. In my opinion, the band could have really benefited by adding some piano or keyboard work into the mix. Taken as a whole, I think this is a band to watch. What this debut offers, I think, would probably be more appreciated by fans of the more technical side of progressive metal, however I didn't really get the impression that these guys wanted to be a tech-metal band. It'll be interesting to see what Antithesis' sophomore effort brings us....
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