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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NIGHTMARE
  • ASIN: B000ERU7WK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Claus - Intromental Managment technically based, yet very melodic, progressive metal in the style of Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation, Fates Warning, incredible intensity Product Description Simply an AMAZING PROG METAL BAND and ALBUM!!! Picture if you will a band that sounds like a cross between the best of RUSH /DREAM THEATER / SYMPHONY X and SPIRAL ARCHITECT and SHADOW GALLERY( in one band!) but on STEROIDS and some other kind of Happy Juice) Though French in Origin, Lyrics are sung in English, this band is positioned to take the prog-power world by storm! Art by the famed MATTIAS NOREN.. and Mix and mastered by the Master Tommy Hansen...this is pure prog metal rapture. INCLUDES SPECIAL BONUS TRACK FOR USA ONLY, THIS ALBUM HAS ONLY BEEN RELEASED IN FRANCE BEFORE NOW!

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technically based, yet very melodic, progressive metal in the style of Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation, Fates Warning, incredible intensity --Claus - Intromental Managment

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I can't wait to hear their next offering!!!!!
Christopher J. Allen
With great melodies, plenty of crunch, dazzling guitar and keyboard solos, tasty/moody vocals and catch-you-off-guard drumming, these guys are the real deal.
Lane R. Miller
Mental torments is a incredibly tight and utterly impressive debuit album from new progressive metal band Spheric Universe Experience.
Michael A. Carra

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on April 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally called Gates of Delirium, the band was formed in 1999 by guitarist Vince Benaim who then hooked up with new members and released a well-received demo called The Burning Box. The band also played gigs to make a name for themselves before there were several member changes (including the addition of current singer Franck Garcia). Soon, they decided to change their name to Spheric Universe Experience and got a management deal with IntroMental whose relations with noted producer Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Beyond Twilight, Pretty Maids) helped them get their music its deserved sound quality.

Mental Torments is a fine hybrid of melodic prog with occasional quirky moments a la Pain of Salvation's great debut Entropia and plenty of crunch-filled moments. The album starts with one of their best and most diverse cuts, "So Cold". Dark acoustic guitars and atmospheric keyboard work set the tone for the piece as waves of Entropia period Pain of Salvation traces can be noticed, moreso writing-wise than musically though. It's just the way the vocals are recorded; sometimes doubled, sometimes a higher register voice singing over incomprehensible spoken parts. From here on, the band opts for a more melodic, clearly Dream Theater-inspired (think Images & Words) style, utilising a lot of keyboard and guitar solos, backed by a powerful rhythm section, and soaring vocal harmonies. The slow and atmopsheric synths that begin "Now or Never" give way to angry vocals that are unmistakably Labrie-influenced, only more aggressive. Garcia's tone could be likened to that of Evergrey's Tom Englund, as he likes to use his throaty voice quite a bit while exotic synth melodies and melodic guitar solos enrich the soundsacpe and drive the piece to its melodious ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lane R. Miller on February 18, 2007
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My favorite albums are those that have something that grabs my attention, but can't be fully appreciated until after several, possibly many, listens. The best prog metal albums require this "investment" to let my brain decode all of the complex rhythms, riffs, and solos. Spheric Universe Experience's "Mental Torments" is more than worthy of such commitment. With great melodies, plenty of crunch, dazzling guitar and keyboard solos, tasty/moody vocals and catch-you-off-guard drumming, these guys are the real deal. If Dream Theater, Symphony X, Stride and Liquid Tension Experiment are your cup of tea, then give these guys from France a chance. Buy it-you'll like it, maybe even love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David E. Plumly on February 19, 2007
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I found out about this band at last year's prog power festival in Atlanta. The lead singer of Pyramaze, Lance King, picked out five albums for my friend and when he got to Spheric Universe Experience, he said, "now these guys, $%&*@# amazing! they are like, Dream Theater on acid." I was very impressed with the genius of the album. The band has all of the elements that really appeal to a Dream Theater fan: strange time signatures, counterpoint, long compositions, unique lyrics, and in most songs, the absence of a refrain. These guys are technical, melodic, and extremely polished for a new band. Its hard to beleive that this is their debut album! If you like a really technical progressivly changing sound, similar to Liquid Tension Experament, then this is the band for you. Personally, I think that this album deserves a place in every progressive rock fan's cd shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruno T. Guevara on December 30, 2006
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Good prog metal album. Nothing new or innovative, besides some nice jazzy passages, but overall excellent execution. The singer's voice is ok but the high screams are a little bit annoying. The production and mix are great too, nice work by Tommy Hansen.

The one thing that this album really lacks is in the quality of the booklet and inserts. First of all, the booklet is not well cut, it is too short and doesnt hold in the case. The design itself is bad and the impression looks like a color copy made on a home printer. If I didnt get it from Amazon I would have thought it was an illegal copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Gatlin on April 12, 2007
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Outstanding technical progressive metal with long instrumental passages and good melodies. Recommended to all prog metal fans!
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