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Artemisia Extra tracks, Import

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CD ALBUM

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lyre S Harmony
  2. Fair Trade
  3. Unborn
  4. Bloodlines
  5. Painted Eyes
  6. Engelbert The Inchworm
  7. Afraid To Fly
  8. Dialogue
  9. Departing Words
  10. Doldrums
  11. Land Of Confusion (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Marquee Inc. Japan
  • ASIN: B000P0I926
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sun Caged's debut album was so amazing that the band found an immediate cult following upon its release. Its strong mix of classic prog metal with sprinkles of fusion a la Liquid Tension Experiment and wild, crushing riffage in the style of Meshuggah and Cynic established them as a very promising band. However, due to various problems, all members except guitarist Marcel Coenen left the band, mostly forming their own projects. So it took quite a while for Coenen to recruit new members, as all previous musicians were simply top-notch and very hard to replace. The search took long, especially finding a good vocalist, but finally, after almost four years, the second Sun Caged album is out.

Artemisia features American vocalist Paul Adrian Villarreal at the helm, and he proves quite different from the previous vocalist Andre Vuurboom. Whereas Vuurboom sang in a more conventional prog metal style on the self-titled debut, he was able to convey all kinds of emotions from fear to rage to desperation easily in a sound not too unlike Ray Alder and James Labrie. Villarreal has a much different approach to singing; he harmonises a lot more with his vocals, always backing himself up during the choruses and even pre-choruses. Also, he uses plenty of wordless vocal harmonies, mostly after drawn-out, mind-bending instrumental passages. That said, he tends to stay in a safe melodic range through most of the album, rarely opting for aggressive, off-the-wall phrasing. That's not to say, however, he isn't capable of these styles, as the brief yet thundering semi-growled vocal part on the instrumental "Engelbert the Inchworm" is more brutal than anything Coenen has ever released.
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This is my first review - I felt that I needed to share my feelings about this album.

14 years ago, I discovered Dream Theater through Images and Words. At that point in time DT was relatively unknown but now it is widely acknowledged that Images and Words were THE prog metal album of the decade, if not the best album ever. In my opinion, even DT themselves never topped it, came close with Six Degrees and Scenes from a Memory but not quite.

Since 1993 I collected hundreds of prog rock artists. Some brilliant and unknown albums, but this is a subject of another review or even a book. I am only saying this to stress that I am not easily impressed.

Anyhow, what we have now here with Artemisia is a record that possibly tops Images and Words. It is even a stronger album than their debut self titled Sun Caged. The reasons I say that is:
1) Unlike debut album which was brilliant but derivative of Dream Theater, the band has now found a distinct style of their own.
2) The new vocalist Paul Adrian Villarreal, whist possibly sounding less like James La Brie than the departed Andre Vuurboom, is in my books a better singer who uses his voice brilliantly and also uses harmonizing to a great effect
3) The music writing, vocal melodies, arrangements are astonishing. This beats hands down Octavarium's simplistic rock ballads.

I am not going to review it track by track, I will just say that in my opinion both Sun Caged albums top three latest studio offerings by Dream Theater. This is to me Progressive Metal ahead of anything else at the moment.

Enjoy, this is true music!
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Sun Caged is a progressive metal band from the Netherlands, featuring the extraordinary guitar skills of Marcel Coenen. The band's self-titled debut was released on Lion Music in 2003 to much critical acclaim....many felt that it was the single best prog-metal album since Dream Theater's "Images And Words".

After struggling with many lineup changes, necessitating a lengthy space between releases, Sun Caged returns with a solid and polished follow-up to their first disc, which any fan of progressive metal and first-rate musicianship will love.

Full of intricate riffing, lengthy and epic compositions, amazing "dueling" solos and interplay between keyboards and guitar, and powerful vocals in the classic prog-metal style....there is a lot to like (and a lot to digest) in this latest Sun Caged release. I do think, however, that I enjoyed the previous vocalist's style a bit more, and that the production tends to be a bit flat, with the guitars a bit too low in the mix, alongside multi-tracked, oversaturated vocals. That having been said, this is an amazing album, which definately showcases Coenen's amazing skills as a progressive guitarist- my hat is off to him for persevering after setbacks to release such a great album.....
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This band is awesome! Can't say enough superlatives about them. Sadly, they get no airplay as far as I know... There are a number of really "GREAT" Prog-Metal bands that never, if hardly ever get played... to name a few; Vanden Plas from Germany, Pain of Salvation from Sweden, Porcupine Tree from the UK... the list goes on too long, but I'm sure you get my drift. This band's whole line-up are very talented, Marcel Coenen on lead guitar, Paul Adrian Villarreal on vocals, Rene Kroon on keyboards, Roel Vink on bass, and Roel Van Helden on drums. Give them a listen and then buy their CD, you won't be disappointed. If you enjoy excellent Prog-Metal check out the other Sun Caged album, even with a slightly different line-up it's worth owning as well!
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