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Final Catastrophe

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Sensory
  • ASIN: B000LX22CA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album. One listen and you too will wonder why they aren't better known. I suspect it is because they simply haven't been well promoted... Their sound is a cross between Yes, Deep Purple, and Rush; progressive rock. The vocals are good, the guitar work is excellent. This is an album you will want to listen to really loud!
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'Fess up, now: you like metal. At least some of it, when you're in some moods.

It's nothing to be ashamed of. Your humble servant was born in 1952 and raised on a steady diet of Perry Como and Vic Damone. He's regarded as the most retrograde, most hopelessly stodgy member of the Baby Boom, but he still pulls out his Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin albums when nothing else will scratch that fuzz-guitar itch.

Still, the metal of the late 1980s and 1990s was almost all dreary and unimaginative. It revolved around angst and despair. It offered little to engage the inner energies of the listener. It deadened rather than enlivening. It only sounded right in a chronic-depressives' ward. Or Seattle.

Enter Wyzards. These three virtuosi have that special magic that makes metal-rock more than an exercise in ear abuse. The Final Catastrophe transcends its genre, putting metal's pounding rhythms and slicing tonalities at the service of a dramatic concept that embodies tremendous tension.

The Final Catastrophe is a loose narrative rendition of humanity's approach to its traditional "final catastrophe": Armageddon, the climactic battle between the forces of light and darkness for dominion over the world. Its six tracks blister with the heat of combat, scream with the agony of souls facing the final desperate choice: to surrender to the encroaching evil, or to resist and stand firm even when all hope is gone.

The individual tracks all show true originality within the metal-rock framework. Though written in the early 1980s, there's nothing dated or simplistic about them. Each of them offers structural delights, rhythmic and harmonic progressions to rival the best of progressive music.
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