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Originally released in 1998, "Cosmic Handball" clearly displays the signature of Swiss band Silent Memorial, who made an even more distinct mark with their recent second album, "Retrospective". "Cosmic Handball" shows them tactfully more progressive and with Thomas Vikström (Therion, Brazen Abbot, Candlemass, Stormwind) as vocalist, the songs also have more of a bite than on the subsequent work. "Cosmic Handball" is a spirited work but does not overtax the listener despite imaginative parts. It is balanced mixture of complex and catchy parts, which go hand in hand with each other.
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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Limb Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2013
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Originally released in 1999, Cosmic Handball was the debut album from Swiss progressive metal band Silent Memorial. I discovered this band late after hearing their newest album Retrospective, and was surprised to discover just how much more progressive the band was early on.

Where Retrospective was equal parts progressive and power metal, Cosmic Handball (bizarre title, by the way) is progressive metal that leans heavily towards the neo-progressive rock sound. Yes, there are bits of Dream Theater and Shadow Gallery (there's just enough heaviness to put it in metal territory), but Spock's Beard and the Flower Kings seem to be the best reference points here. It's interesting to hear former Therion/Brazen Abbot singer Thomas Vikstrom in this setting, and his vocal style goes well with all of the dramatic instrumental flourishes and elaborate song structures.

I still prefer the more melodic power metal side of Retrospective (not to mention Mike Andersson's powerhouse vocals), but as progressive rock/metal albums go, Cosmic Handball is very solid. It's definitely an album that should have made waves with the Magna Carta/InsideOut crowd back in the day, and one that most fans of progressive music should find enjoyable all these years later.

Edition Notes: Limb reissued Cosmic Handball in 2009. The new version has been remixed as well as remastered, though there is no bonus material.
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