Power of Metal.dk Review

Another Destiny Project
Metodo Paranoico-Critico
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 23 October, 2013
Playing time: 43:38

Some artists try so very hard to be different and new. Some artists have a vision, but they really can't execute it. I fear that is the case for the new album from Another Destiny Project. This project is headed by guitarist Peter Pahor. He doesn't seem to have much of a pedigree, though he does have a wide range of influences. Because of this, it's unfair to call this new album, "Metodo Paranoico-Critico", a progressive metal album. In reality, it features a vast amount of subtle influences, everything from alternative and thrash metal to cinematic and death metal. It really is eclectic, at least on paper. When we get down to bare bones, however, there isn't much that is truly special here. In fact, there isn't much that is good here, either.

I'm sad to say that, I really am. This album had "Like me" written all over it, mainly because of all of Pahor's talk about a free and open mind in music. You see, this album can be downloaded for free, as Pahor supposedly believes music (and just about all human progress) should be free and available for use by anyone. His website, then, allows a free download and free, open use of the music. Of course, you'll still have to buy it on other sites. This album, then, is something of an experiment, but it doesn't turn out very well. The album starts out in the dumps, and slowly gets a better and better. However, by the time it gets good, it's over and you don't care anymore.

Taking a look at all the influences I mentioned, you'd expect something really unique, right? Well, this album is basically just thrash metal with influences that barely do anything. How can you call a subtle electronic touch, such as in "The Virtue of Illusion", an influence? It basically has no bearing on the track whatsoever. So, the first couple tracks of the album are full of thrashy guitars, so-so everything else, and crappy harsh vox. There are some spacey keys that help out a bit, but they can't save the songs. Then, the female vocals begin on "Frozen in Time". Finally a glimmer of hope is heard.

But, it doesn't last long.  The next few tracks are back to the same dull metal with little or nothing special.  Finally, on "Close to Heaven", we get a song worth hearing.  This track features the female vocals again, and is a glorious ballad with soaring keys and orchestration.  From here on, the album is actually quite good.  A couple of instrumental tracks give us the best the album has to offer, "Apollo 13" and "New 7".  Both of these tracks are inventive, beautiful, and fuse many different ideas into a single vision.

Peter Pahor has a vision, but I don't think this album offers it completely. I feel that the last four tracks are fantastic to hear, and offer a glimpse into what I really hoped to hear from this project. The rest of the album? It isn't worth your time, really. It's generic metal with very, very slight eclectic touches. I hope that Pahor can come up with something special for this noble project, but I don't think he's quite there yet.

01. Insomnia II
02. The Virus of Illusion
03. Frozen in Time
04. Metodo Paranoico-Critico
05. Ckob3b 3akpbitbie Bekn
06. Fate's Flight
07. So Close to Heaven
08. Apollo 13
09. New 7
10. Others
Label: Independent
Distribution: www.anotherdestinyproject.com
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 27 December, 2013
Website: www.anotherdestinyproject.com