Pages from the Past: Tome I

Release date: February 2006
Label: Frontiers Records / PMP Production
Distribution: Zink / Bonnier Amigo
Heavy Metal / Progressive Metal

Rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 12th 2006

I couldn't believe my ears the first time I put this CD on, the sound is awful - I've heard better productions in the 80's! And it totally kills a lot of the fun with this album, sometimes the keyboards disappears in a big puddle of mud. And I won't even get into the drum production! Guitars, bass and vocals are decent at best...

But what counts is the music, and I must admit that some of these songs are excellent, but the rest is awful. The first 3 songs are uninspired and untight, and I am not sure why they are using an aggressive background vocalist here. I do normally not have a problem with the mixture, but they way they incorporate it here is simply awful to me. But it's not just that the songs are simply dreadful, if they use the aggressive vocals like they do in "Human Quest", then it's OK.

Some the songs - "Thermopylae", "Human Quest", "Krakatau" and "Knights of the Black Cross" - shows a band, that are capable of writing very good progressive metal tunes, but they need to focus on their strengths and throw away those awful aggressive parts. The 3 short intermezzos are actually nicely crafted as well.

Put focus back on writing progressive metal songs, give them a better production and I am sure they'll deliver a good album. This one does not qualify for more than just OK, with the exception of " Krakatau ", which is an outstanding progressive metal song!