Tangent Plane
Project Elimi
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 25 March, 2011
Playing time: 76:37

Remember the days when you could get excited about an album just by looking at the magnificent album cover? When music came on vinyl and you had to turn the platter over very often... Well I got a similar feeling looking at the brilliant cover artwork for Tangent Plane's "Project Elimi" album, but I learned my lesson once more: don't judge a book by its cover!

This is one of those cases of what could have been if only... all indications points towards this being one of this years best newcomers in progressive metal; the reputation of the band proceeds them and the musical and lyrical concept of keyboard player Ralph Swan should be just what any progressive power metal fan has been waiting for.

And Tangent Plane is clearly a companionship of talented musicians and they could have hit the progressive metal scene like a bomb if only all of them delivered at the same high level, but one falls short: vocalist Jan Michaelis.

I have been listening to this album for more than a month now, and all I feel is frustration: they have the music to make a stir in the scene, but the vocals are spoiling the fun and leave us with an album that will suffer greatly from it. One of many "if only"-cases, but he really spoils it all for me, and I am sure I won't turn to this album on many occasions, if ever again...

But give it a listen, because it does offer some strong instrumental pieces and maybe it's just me getting a bit too picky as I grow older...


1. One Month in Real-Time
2. One with the Lies
3. Ice Age
4. Borrow me your Dullness
5. Do You Live
6. Deadborn
7. One Moment and the Murder after
8. Project Elimi

Label: 7Hard
Promotion: Rock 'n' Growl Promotion
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 9 March, 2011
Website: www.tangent-plane.de