Thought Chamber was
founded by Michael Harris, who prior to this has released 6 solo
albums, he has also been involved in Arch Rival and Surgeon, and he
has worked together with Vitalij Kuprij and David T. Chastain.
'Angular Perceptions' is the debut album from these American
"Thinking man's metal" or technical progressive
metal is often the label put on this kind of music, and this is
surely very intelligent, technical and progressive metal. Michael
Harris has created 10 very complex and varied songs that leaves
enough room for the other guys to shine as well. This is not just a
guitar showcase, because vocalist Ted Leonard (Enchant) has a very
emotional and melodic metal voice which gives the songs a calm
melodic feel to them. This is guitar orientated progressive metal
with lot's of great riffs and catchy hooks but Ted Leonard gives the
songs a nice melodic contrast to the very technical music.
My personal highlights on this great album
includes the dynamic "Sacred Treasure", the breathtaking
instrumental "Mr. Qwinkle's Therapy" and Michael Harris' masterpiece
"A Mind Beyond", which in one song shows the bands full potential.
If you are into technical progressive metal and
count bands like Dream Theater, Enchant, Zero Hour, Twisted into
Form and Mind's Eye among your favourites, then I suggest you buy
this album as soon as it's released, because this is a highly
recommendable debut album, which surely will give these guys a lot
of well deserved attention.