Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 5 December, 2012
Playing time: 65:39

I always despise writing negative reviews. Believe me, I do. I don't relish in it at all. Swedish group Tucana released their debut album in the end of 2012, and they call it baroque progressive metal. This basically means that it is metal with attention to detail that creates drama and grandeur. I don't know about you, but that defines many, many bands out there. So, it doesn't really set them apart in my mind.

Nonetheless, I will give my opinion. This group employs progressive metal, i.e. riffing guitars, and mixes it with some delicate orchestral instrumentations and piano. My problem lies in two areas, however: the vocalist and the music. First of all, the vocalist is rather annoying. He does his best impression of Russell Allen from Symphony X with maybe a splash of vocal techniques unique to Roy Khan, ex-Kamelot. Yes, my main problem is NOT that he sounds like them. My main problem is that he tries too hard to sound like them through obvious vocal techniques. Now, I suppose there's nothing wrong with this, but it's inescapable and renders his performance boring and lacking in real personality.

While we're at it, I'd have to say that the music has very similar problems. It sounds like the band wants so badly to be Symphony X minus amazing guitars and drums. Yes, the band has a similar method of using classical interludes, but they sound like a rip-off of something on Symphony X's "V". Now, I usually hate comparing bands like this, but the fact that they sound so much alike is truly annoying. On top of that, the music is nowhere near as interesting or proficient as Symphony X.

What does this mean? It simply means that Tucana gives us nothing more than half-baked ideas, dull orchestrations, and songs that never really sound like real songs. Everything is so loose and messy to the point where the listener will just lose interest altogether. It's Symphony X lite in every possible way.

Now, there are some beautiful moments. "A Dream Within a Dream" has some good violin, and there are some excellent piano passages here and there. However, for the most part, the album is long, drawn-out, and boring. Nothing sounds lush or full. It's almost like they forgot to write half the music. I understand that these guys have talent, but I feel that "Tucana" is not the best debut album they could have released.

01. The Signs
Rescue Me
The Needle of Ended Days
A Dream Within a Dream
Stranded Illusions
Power of Man
At the Gates of War
10. Like Dust
Label: Art Performance Production
Distribution: Art Performance Production
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 20 January, 2014
Website: www.tucanamusic.com