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Shade in the Light

Persona Non GrataAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Before the Reason
2. Dual Unity
3. Single Unity
4. Collision Course
5. Fives
6. Shade in the Light
7. Longing
8. Empty Shadows
9. Personal Gratitude
10. Stillness

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4.0 out of 5 stars Off to a good start... May 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
According to their website and label, Persona Non Grata are a Greek band playing Progressive Metal in the style of Vanden Plas, Circus Maximus, and Poverty's No Crime, which alludes to them being a very melodic band favouring more compact songs to the lengthier, complex numbers.

However, now that I've been playing this album for months, I feel the only apt comparison is Poverty's No Crime in that Persona Non Grata, too, pens songs that differ very slightly from each other, mostly staying in their comfort zone. There is a fair amount of crunch, which is introduced right off the bat with the opening song "Before the Reason." Dense synth textures are replaced by gargantuan bass lines and crunchy guitar riffs whilst melodic vocals lend themselves to both smooth, crystalline deliveries as well as throatier voicings, but there is not a single track here that has been composed with a different mindset.

Vocalist Bill Axiotis' singing is most comparable to the likes of Geoff Tate circa Promised Land, and Ray Alder, but during the more gruff passages he recalls Tom Englund from Evergrey. On "Dual Unity," among the standout cuts on the album, the slow, dramatic singing atop a moving piano line is dead-on Englund, but as the band picks up tempo and throws heavier riffs into the mix, with the bass guitar highlighting the whole arrangement, Axiotis is also reminiscent of Ray Alder. Without question, his most daring performance is on the title track, where he delves into almost deathy growls to contrast his more operatic singing. However, it does sound like he is stretching out of his range, which may turn some fans off. Otherwise, this is easily the most progressive tune on the album, with uber-heavy machine-gun riffery and weird synth extrapolations.
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