The Quiet Room
(Metal Blade) Enslain Magazine Issue #8
This album starts off as unimpressive then rapidly picks up steam and becomes a truly great album. I did have some complaints that would be easily corrected. The keyboard overdubs sound very "punched in" and unnatural. In my opinion, a lot of it does not belong for it anyway. They need to chill out a bit on the drum trigger (booming bass sound). I like it, but it appears too often on the album and within songs. The album covers a pretty wide range that you would not expect at first listen. It continues to suprise all the way to the end. There are obvious influences from a lot of modern music. I would not say that they sound like anyone special, as they are doing a good job of their OWN sound, which is getting more uncommon as time goes on. A very basic, but appropriate guitar sound lays down the foundation for some interesting keyboards. Drop tuned when necessary, the sound is very full, and very heavy. Drumming is great ( very talented). Vocal styling is good but I've heard better. There's even a little fusion oriented Cynic type of thing from time to time. Small adjustments aside, I would recommend this one, you'll like it.
Enslain Magazine Issue #5
I'm going to try to be as impartial as possible on this one, because I personally am not the biggest fan of progressive metal. So let's break everything apart... Production? Flawless and tight. Talent? Yes, more than I've noted in a lot of more well known bands. Diverse? I'd say so. The songs stand out from each other for the most part. The sound? Dominant guitar solos and leads, keyboards faintly in the background, moderately paced drums with a lot of usage of the cymbals, and clear, high pitched vocals that have a lot to say. Altogether? The album is one of the better progressive bands I've heard, and I would listen to it again. My favorite song would have to be "Undetermined," the last song on the album, which seems to sum up all their sounds into one song, from slow and mellow, to fast and aggressive, and is quite addictive.
-- Lady Enslain