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3.13 | 16 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars really

One of the lesser known prog metal acts from the '90s is for sure americans Altura. Formed around 1993 and releasing only one album in 1996 named Mercy and then gone into oblivion. They were part of Magna Carta label who had under their wings bands like Shadow Gallery, Magellan and Enchant, among others, each one bringing something new in prog field around mid '90s, Altura was no diffrent even they had lot in common with DT same period.. To me this is pretty decent towards great prog metal with nice guitars and some great keyboards runnings. LIke I saw on the description of the band they are like DT or a lighter version of Fates Warning but little heavier then Enchant for example. All musicans had technical abilities to creat something good and the instrumental parts are more then ok. There are lots of breaks, tempo changes, duels between guitars and keyboards and an intresting voice aswell. Some intricate pieces here and the best this album has are The calling, One by one and the instrumental one, the rest are good for sure. Also there are some more melodic passages and in combination with more edgy ones the result is Altura - a band that for some reason never made it in prog metal circles, but they remain in history of prog metal with Mercy who I think at least prog metal fans give a try, worth it even is far from masterpiece. 3.5 stars, I really like this one for more then 15 years.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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