needed more than a few spins to sit right with me, and vocalist H.B. Anderson
still hasn't won me over completely; he sounds like a strange mix between Jon
Oliva and Tom S. Englund (Evergrey) and his coarse voice really rubs me the
wrong way on a few occasions, but fits the music very well for most parts.
Human Art of Significance (C.h.a.o.s)" is their debut album and it is clear that
we are not dealing with a bunch of untrained upcoming musicians. Vocalist H.B.
Anderson and guitarist Matthias Holm goes back to the late 80s where they worked
together in The 'N' Sin, but this collaboration didn't begin to take form until
1993 where they began to work together on this album. Joining them is bassist
Conny Payne (Madison) and the two highly respected studio musicians drummer Jon
Skäre and keyboardist Jonas Lidström.
inspiration for the lyrical universe came from H.B. Anderson's great old, old
grandfather Xerxes Anderson’s Artificial Universe (a.k.a. Prof. Xandau 1807 -
1851) notes from his therapy sessions. Prof. Xandau was a much respected
therapist during the first half of 19th century and had his sessions all over
the world based in both Europe and the U.S. These notes are the solid ground to
this project and are used to tell a true story about psychological thoughts and
human behaviours (from the Info sheet).
inspiration to go with the complex lyrics come from bands like Dream Theater and
Evergrey peppered with small pinches of Metallica and Seventh Wonder, and there
are epic moments of brilliance ("Silhouettes", "Inside the Heart of Silence",
"Visual Minds - The Eternal Flame", "Through the Eyes of a Child", "A Room of a
Thousand Doors" and "A Purpose of Circumstance") on this album paired with some
songs that don't quite reach the same high level, making this a great debut
has created a very impressive debut album; one that needs time to blossom, but
give it time and it will open up and show its true colours.