Appearance of Nothing
All Gods Are Gone
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 21 January, 2011
Playing time: 48:15

If this is the music we get when all Gods are gone, then I suggest them to never come back. The year just started and I think that this is already one of the albums that will find its way back in my end of the year list 2011. If it doesn't, it must be a super metal year with superb albums. What makes this album so good? Good arrangements, good song writing, good musicians, good performed, variation, good production, heavy, melodic, progressive etc. etc.

This Swiss band already released 'Wasted Time' back in 2008 and I must confess that I missed out on that one. That the band took no risks can be traced back in the many known guests list. Mike DeMeo, Amanda Somerville, Fabio Lione, Roland Grapow, Doogie White, Apollo Papathanasio, they all delivered some musical performances. But the icing on the cake is of course the grunting vocals of Dan Swano on the songs "The Mirror Eyes", "...I Said Silence" and "2nd God". If that isn't enough for you yet, no one lesser than Devon Graves takes care of the lead in the song "Sweet Enemy". His vocals make this song one of the best ones on this album and of course the resemblances with Psychotic Waltz are there.

With all this guests, you could conclude that the band needs them to make a good album, but that is not true. The songs are good enough without all the guests too. Another thing that makes this band special is that there are two lead singers. Pat Gerber (guitar) and Omar Cuna (bass) both take care of the lead vocals and that gives the songs even more variety. Fans of Symphony X, Dream Theater, Vanden Plas, Psychotic Waltz, progressive metal fans in general that like some grunting every now and then, shouldn't wait any longer, buy the best progressive release so far this year.

Highly recommended!


01. The Mirror's Eyes

02. 2nd God

03. Sweet Enemy

04. Destination

05. The Call of Eve

06. ...I Said Silence

07. The Rise and Fall of Nothing

Label: Escape Music
Promotion: Connecting Muisc
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 1 January, 2011