Let's see I gave the last Sieges Even
album 'The Art of Navigating by the Stars' the highest score ever,
and it totally blew me away. And I can thankfully say that their new
album lives up to all of my expectations and the material presented
here is top of the line.
Vocalist Arno Mendes is a full integrated part
of the sound now, and his strong signature on the songs and sound
means that this album is more melodic and softer than all of their
earlier masterpieces like 'A Sense of
Change', 'Sophisticated' and 'Steps', as well as 'The Art
Sieges Even is still a full-blown
progressive metal attack on the senses; ten technically perfectly
crafted songs, played with so much control and conviction that I am
at loss for words. The sound is brilliant, perfectly balanced and
full. The musicians are in a league of their own; the Holzwarth
brothers form one the best rhythm sections in metal, Marcus Steffen
is one of the most underrated guitarist around, and 'new' vocalist
Arno Mendes, who joined the band just before the recording of 'The
Art of...', is the missing piece in their sound and sings brilliant
on the album.
'Paramount' never quite reach the same high
level that 'The Art of...' did, and the softer approach to things
might need some time to sink in, but give it time because this album
is without a doubt one the best progressive metal albums of 2007.
This is music for feinschmecker's; who has wants their music to be
complex, melodic and challenging.
To me one the most important releases this
year, it goes without saying that it is essential for progressive
metal fans and it fully lives up to everything I'd hoped for and