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Renaissance of Fools


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Renaissance of Fools is the result of four talented Swedish musicians who gathered together to start a new project, with some progressive rock hints but with a clear metal tendency. One of those musicians is Daniel Magdic, known for his previous work with Pain of Salvation.

The name of their first son is "Fear, Hope and Frustration" released through Metalville. This is an album that comprises ten compositions that make a total time of 52 minutes approximately.

The album opens with "Precious Life" whose first seconds show that the guitar will be a crucial element on their music. The vocals are good, honestly not my favorite but surely tasty for a lot of people. I like the scales and the repetitive sound which is combined with some changes and little softer passages. "Misguided Mind" starts much calmer, with simple bass notes and a soft voice, but after forty seconds it changes and adds a heavier sound, which will last again for some seconds until it slows down again. And the song goes like that.

"Ordinary Mans Diary" is longer and complex, with substantial inner changes, interesting communion between drums and strings, and a great rhythm overall. The song claims to be listened and enjoyed, and I believe it completely succeeded at least with me. This is one of the highlights of the album. "Polarized Round" is a two- nail weapon, because it is not a song I actually love, but when I was listening to the album with my friends, one of them made me repeat it, because he did love it. So once again it is all matter of subjectivity; the song itself is nice, well composed and elaborated.

"Leave it all Behind" has an introductory minute before it explodes and turns into an emotional and sorrowful song. It is a well-crafted composition, with some changes that allow the listener to understand better its meaning. "Claws of Norms" has a faster, more dynamic and attractive sound at least for the first seconds, but it vanishes and slows down, in order to create a new structure. Here I like the backing vocals, the guitars and those different passages and changes in rhythm and mood.

"Sleep" is another cool track, with a hard rock feeling and a structure easy to listen and enjoy, the guitars as usual are great, and the vocals suggest you to join and sing. "The Child That Used To Play" is a fabulous song with a pretty intense and emotive sound. Its power and the compositional elements formed a song that I really enjoyed. There is also a cool guitar riff, great vocal work and overall an intelligent and interesting track.

After that strong song, the band makes a contrast and slows down with "The Chains of Thought" which is more like an alternative rock track, with a catchy sound and a chorus to sing; not a bad song at all, and though its cool guitar solo at the end, this is not a track I would proudly remember. The album finishes with its longest track, which is actually one song divided in two parts. "Intervention Parts I&II" has a darker and tense feeling since the very first second; the bass sound creates that nervousness and the other instruments, along with the voice complement and makes an interesting beginning. It continues with a hard and constant sound that catches your attention and gets your time until minute five when it fades out. Then, the second part begins with a wonderful repetitive (better said addictive) rhythm, and an extraordinary synth sound. The guitar work is also excellent during this track. This second part is purely instrumental, and the closest one to progressive rock.

It is a cool debut from Renaissance of Fools, with some highs and lows, but with a promising sound that surely will stay for a long time in people´s preference.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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