album from TIME REQUIEM and
mastermind Richard Andersson.
must admit that I’m somewhere between heaven and hell when it comes to
this album. I have been listening to “Optical Illusion” for about
two weeks now, and in my opinion it doesn’t reach the heights of the
first two albums. Not that I’m totally disappointed with “Optical
Illusion” because it’s a very well crafted album, no doubt about
that, but I have a few small problems with it.
first one is singer Göran Edman… I’m not a huge fan of his voice
but he is doing an okay job but his singing annoys me a little. The next
problem is that I miss more catchy songs. 8 tracks and only one of them
are magnificent. I’m talking about “Sphere of Fantasy” - great
track. This track is more in the same vein as what Richard Andersson is
creating in SPACE ODYSSEY. The rest of the songs are okay and good, but
I miss a few more hammer tracks.
Richard Andersson has always been interested in film music and the way
they build up the special movements, just like the classical masters;
the music could best be described as Neo – Progressive film –
musical Metal and everything was recorded, mixed and mastered in
Richards Lipton studio. It
took only two months to complete the eight songs and Richard Andersson
had Göran Edmans voice in mind the whole process through.
my expectations were too high? It is still a good album... however I
find the first two ones a tad better.
cover artwork idea was developed by Richard Andersson in collaboration
with art director Mattias Noren at Progart Media in Sweden.