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#EMOTION

Ulysses

 

Progressive Metal

3.84 | 6 ratings

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4 stars The Emptiness Will Vanish ...

I already liked the foreunner album 'The Gift Of Tears' and without thinking twice took the unexpected chance to pick up their new release. The band's comeback needed a proper time again - just let me introduce it like that, since we are speaking of seven years, at least when it comes to a new studio output. Also, it's interesting to know that the line up has not significantly changed during this period, only Gijs Koopman comes along participating as the new bassist.

The well-matching team around guitarist Sylvester Vogelenzang de Jong and Ron Mozer on keys are dealing with human emotions here, this is quite obvious. Each song points to a particular one - featuring an appropriate story behind. Hence this might be considered as a concept album for good reason. Musically '#eMotion' provides fine melodic progressive metal which - not really surprising - basically includes a bunch of heavy guitar riffs and symphonic keys.

As always the quality of the compositions makes the essence, defines all the difference. So this is another example where it all evolved to an extraordinary experience, the longer I was listening. On one hand - speaking of the accessibility - nearly every song features another melody variant and something to sing along. Otherwise, while including several instrumental passages in between, this also will be a pleasant listen for a progressive rock fan who is searching for variety and creativeness.

To name a few specials let me emphasize those growls light on Disgust or the last three minutes of Anticipation which are thrilling due to a fantastic mellotron extension. Sadness shows nice female backing vocals and finally, closing with an intriguing electronic beat, the album excerpt Fear tops it all. I can't get enough of this! Well, secondarily I would say here we have Michael Hos' most emotional vocal presence to state.

Mixed by Guido Aalbers - while taking a recording period of one and a half years - '#eMotion' is something matured, full of comfortable compositions. Not to forget that the band's rhythm backbone makes a substantial contribution too. If somebody should need a comparism I would see them on a level akin to Evergrey, Threshold or Aeon Zen. Album release will be in September, it's worth it, their music does not solely apply to designated prog metal fans.

... And You'll Be Complete One Day

Rivertree | 4/5 |

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