Power of Metal.dk Review

Opposing Motion
Laws of Motion
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 11 May, 2013
Playing time: 42:43

Opposing Motion’s debut album “Laws of Motion” has one humdinger of a pun for a title. On the inside of this album, however, is nothing but clichés. I don’t use that word lightly, either. For a band that claims to bring fresh ideas to the prog metal genre, they sure do like to stick to the trodden path.

This album, by the way, is not a bad one. It isn’t. It isn’t a great one either. I’ve heard countless albums that sound just like “Laws of Motion”, and most of those were superior, too. Take, for instance, my first review on this site: Minutian’s  “Repercussions”.  I gave it an 85/100. Opposing Motion’s debut album actually sounds quite a bit like Minutian. Yet, Minutian is much better: more structure, more creativity, and more melody. I hate to be a downer, but Opposing Motion hasn’t given us anything new, fresh, or even original. This is by-the-book power/prog metal with a ballad thrown in for good measure.

That said, the album is still worth a listen for power metal fans. The vocals are soaring, the guitars are riff-tastic, and the drums are suitably heavy. There are plenty of great jams and grooves to relish. If that is what you looking for, then go no further. If you want something new and exciting, thoughtful and profound, or even just original and unique; then you won’t find it here.  Solid album: exceptionally ordinary.

01. Deus Ex Machina
Forever's Edge
Labyrinth of Mirrors
Las Lagrimas del Diablo
Rites of Passage
Echoes of the Soul
Laws of Motion
The Fallen Opera
Label: Lion Music
Distribution: Border Music Distribution
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 22 May, 2013
Website: www.opposingmotionband.co.uk