Power of Metal.dk Review

Time Grid
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 21 January, 2013
Playing time: 1:00:01

I hate it when I have to dish out some dirt on a band’s obvious effort. Time Grid’s debut album “Life” is an album that I feel I must review, but only because it is terrible. Yes, I said terrible. Let me explain why.

“The most ambitious, epic and thrilling experience in European prog!” These are the words that the band uses to describe their music, and it is laughable at best. This album might be the most unoriginal effort I’ve heard in a long time. This band is nothing more than a rip-off of Circus Maximus. Now, I’m not a huge fan of CM, but I respect their work. Time Grid, however, with their obvious influences from Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation, end up sounding just like CM. Actually, they sound like them in all the bad ways, but none of the good ones.

There is so much wrong with the music itself, even pushing the unoriginality aside for now. The mix is horrible, and the guitars overshadow everything else. I have respect for the interesting drums; but, in all honesty, you can barely hear them as the overly shrill and downright irritating guitars burst your eardrums even on the lowest volume settings. I also find the vox to be as annoying as they come. The male and female vocals are heavily stacked to the male side, but the female vocals are far, far better. I even enjoyed them. The male singer, however, is not ready to sing at this caliber. That’s all I will say about that. Lastly, the song structures are chaotic and simply boring because of it. It’s as if they wrote some songs and then tried to throw in some tempo and time signature changes so they could call themselves prog metal. 

Honestly, I had high hopes for this album based on my overall impression of the artwork and also based on another review I saw, but it is disappointing on every level.  The band needs to think seriously about making some major changes if they want to impress anyone outside a few desperate Circus Maximus fans.

01. Deceit 
02. Emptiness
03. Me  
04. Premices
05. Blind 
06. Zephir  
07. Forsaken
08. Escape
Label: Openyoureyes
Distribution: timegrid.bandcamp.com
Artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 10 April, 2013
Website: timegrid.bandcamp.com