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Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is rubbish! Zero Stars, June 23, 2002
This review is from: Open Your Eyes (Audio CD)
Yes have tried to write a 1980s AOR radio friendly CD about 15 years to late. This is not progressive rock, nor is it good mainstream pop. As mainstream pop it is equally a failure. There is nothing here of currency whatsoever and shows no awareness of current popular music trends.
As usual the playing is solid but that is of no consequence when the song writing is pitiful, the arrangements are dull and the direction of the song is so painfully out of touch with everything.
Yes as a useful musical entity emitted their last breath of high quality music a long time ago. Living up to their own heritage will forever be difficult. By persisting with recording feeble, weak and pointless new material they devalue their overall artistic worth as a whole.
Yes should disband permanently. Give up, it's over!


Sceptic's Universe
Sceptic's Universe
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music, Obvious Influences, Almost Excellent, June 23, 2002
This review is from: Sceptic's Universe (Audio CD)
This band has quite a bit in common with Watchtower in terms of the guitar and bass 'sound' and arrangements. These guys are probably not as consistently over-the-top as Watchtower, however the opening track and tack five, "Insect" are probably more technical sounding than anything on Watchtower's Control and Resistance. Technicality aside, Spiral Architect's compositions probably have more light and shade than Watchtower.
Vocally it is somewhat different story. This vocalist has an ***excellent*** vocal timbre. Again, the influences are obvious; imagine a hybrid between a young Ray Alder and John Arch (both of Fates Warning). ***Despite the excellent vocal quality*** there are big problems here. The vocalist's note selection is lazy and frankly unprogressive. Throughout the album it sounds as though he is mostly singing the root, fifth and occasionally the third. This is very inside the harmony, and gets very monotonous after a while. This sort of thing can also make the songs sound unemotional. Considering the effort the other musicians have put into creating these, at times, intricate arrangements, it just sounds like the vocals have been thrown over the top.
The other difficulty I have is with the lyrics and the vocal treatment of them. The lyrics are nothing but pseudo-intellectual garbage about faux-esoteric subject matter. What makes it worse is the clumsy and childish use of the English Language. The way the vocalist treats the lyrics is to use them as an opportunity to sing long sustained notes over the last word of most phrases. Just count the number of times he sings mI-ee-I-ee-Ind or similar. This sort of thing has zero impact on the listener when you do it ad nauseam.
I can't wait for the follow up. Hopefully this band will find it own musical voice and progress beyond there obvious influences. The biggest areas requiring improvement are the lyrics and the vocalists phrasing and note selection. Just having an exceptionally good voice is not enough when attempting this sort of music. It is what you do with it that is most important.


Sceptic's Universe
Sceptic's Universe
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music, Obvious Influences, Almost Excellent, June 23, 2002
This review is from: Sceptic's Universe (Audio CD)
This band has quite a bit in common with Watchtower in terms of the guitar and bass 'sound' and arrangements. These guys are probably not as consistently over-the-top as Watchtower, however the opening track and tack five, "Insect" are probably more technical sounding than anything on Watchtower's Control and Resistance. Technicality aside, Spiral Architect's compositions probably have more light and shade than Watchtower.
Vocally it is somewhat different story. This vocalist has an ***excellent*** vocal timbre. Again, the influences are obvious; imagine a hybrid between a young Ray Alder and John Arch (both of Fates Warning). ***Despite the excellent vocal quality*** there are big problems here. The vocalist's note selection is lazy and frankly unprogressive. Throughout the album it sounds as though he is mostly singing the root, fifth and occasionally the third. This is very inside the harmony, and gets very monotonous after a while. This sort of thing can also make the songs sound unemotional. Considering the effort the other musicians have put into creating these, at times, intricate arrangements, it just sounds like the vocals have been thrown over the top.
The other difficulty I have is with the lyrics and the vocal treatment of them. The lyrics are nothing but pseudo-intellectual garbage about faux-esoteric subject matter. What makes it worse is the clumsy and childish use of the English Language. The way the vocalist treats the lyrics is to use them as an opportunity to sing long sustained notes over the last word of most phrases. Just count the number of times he sings mI-ee-I-ee-Ind or similar. This sort of thing has zero impact on the listener when you do it ad nauseam.
I can't wait for the follow up. Hopefully this band will find it own musical voice and progress beyond there obvious influences. The biggest areas requiring improvement are the lyrics and the vocalists phrasing and note selection. Just having an exceptionally good voice is not enough when attempting this sort of music. It is what you do with it that is most important.


Chameleon
Chameleon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helloween's Attempt at Progressive Rock, June 11, 2002
This review is from: Chameleon (Audio CD)
It has always amazed me how intensely this album is criticised. Now I don't necessarily think that this is their best effort by any means, but it is certainly their most daring and creative.
Some of the song writing does verge on being a bit clumsy at times; however the arrangement choices do assist to make this an interesting recording. Although Helloween are indeed a power metal band (a very German power metal band!), I have always thought that their sound and attitude verge on being progressive (perhaps proto-progressive?). However I speculate that perhaps a very conservative and traditional metal fan base has caused this band to eschew a more left-of-field direction in favour of a more traditional 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' influenced sound.
Indeed Chameleon lacks the focus and uniformly good song writing of Keeper of the Seven Keys part II, but it is not short on diversity and experimentation that mostly works. This album constitutes prog/art rock in a way no other album of theirs has done. Usually a Helloween album contains 2 or 3 tunes that could be described as progressive. On Chameleon all the tunes bar two ('First Time' and 'Step out of Hell') have progressive elements of some sort that do work quite nicely.
After this album Michael Kiske was sacked from the band. This saw the end of an era for Helloween and the band would never be the same again.
Helloween are such an 'almost' sort of band.
'Almost' prog.
'Almost' innovative.
'Almost' successful.
This album could be described 'almost' very good.


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