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LIFECYCLE

Sieges Even

 

Progressive Metal

3.33 | 43 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Well, this is where it all began for SIEGES EVEN if you don't count the demos they had released before this their first studio album. This German band have released seven studio albums over about a 20 year period and in that time employed four different vocalists. Also the music has certainly changed over that period meaning you will get a lot of opinions on which album is their best. I just heard that WATCHTOWER has released three songs meaning a studio album may not be that far behind. Why do I bring up that American band? Well the music on "Lifecycle" is quite similar with that very technical style and over the top vocals. For those of you who are really into "Navigating By The Stars" you will be absolutely shocked when you listen to this album. I think WATCHTOWER is a good reference by the way as well as the debut by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ.

I'm not going to go track by track as the music here doesn't let up much and the vocalist is certainly an acquired taste. The music here must have blown away the people who heard this back in the late eighties and they deserve points like WATCHTOWER for being two of the early bands to play in this style. It's all so impressive and yet at the same time hard for me to enjoy. If I had reviewed this ten years ago I might have given up the fourth star but i'm still glad I own this album. A special mention needs to be made to the 12 1/2 minute song called "Straggler From Atlantis" where RUSH does actually come to mind at times. "A Sense Of Change" remains my favourite from this band and it doesn't hurt that it has a pretty strong RUSH flavour instrumentally overall.

3.5 stars for this insanely technical album.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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