Power of Metal.dk Review

The Resting Place of Illusion
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 10 May, 2012
Playing time: 58:40

Replosion are a fairly unknown power prog act from Italy; and, with their independent debut album “The Resting Place of Illusion”, they have really gotten my attention. There are several reasons for this, but there is also much room for improvement.

The band has created a well-mixed display of technical ability, interesting (and heady) themes, and slightly goofy atmospheres. They definitely have their own style and their own feel. However, there are some very stand-out performances here: The drummer is sensational! The drumming features all kinds of well-done fills and off-tempo beats, and he never settles into the cliché of non-stop double blast beats. He really mixes thing up, and he is always interesting. I also found the keys to be atmospheric and well-composed: the guitars, too, have a great sound.

For some reason, I’ve been having problems with vox lately, and Replosion is no different. The singer has a heavy (and I mean heavy) accent. This has mixed results to say the least. Sometimes, his accent doesn’t help the overall goofiness of the atmosphere, but actually makes it worse. Sometimes, his accent ruins the generally well-written lyrics. However, sometimes he blows away his listener. Take, for instance, “Turn the Page”. This track is my favorite on the album, and the singer really shines here. He hits and holds a note at the end that would shame any singer in the business (for some reason, the official video doesn't have this part of the song, so be sure to listen the actual album). Outstanding!

Replosion has a lot of potential; and, overall, the album is fantastic. They’ve nailed the instrumental side of things; and, if they can bring the vox up to a consistent quality, I think they could be my next addiction. In any case, they are worth a listen to any fan of prog metal. 

01. Carillion
Resting Place of Illusion
Your Shame
The Unknown God
Starless Nights
Turn the Page
Push Me Down
The Fallen Gates
Ice Queen
Label: Independent
Distribution: Itunes
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 13 April, 2013
Website: www.replosion.com