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Anima Tempo


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4 stars A powerful debut!

Seems that 2016 has started promising in Mexican prog metal scene, I am saying this because on January 9th, Anima Tempo released Caged in Memories, their debut full-length album which was conceived after so many years of hard work; an album that so far has been positively received by fans and reviewers worldwide, and now in this review I will justify and strengthen those positive comments. It is not a secret that I am not a true fan of metal, however, I recognize when a work is well done, like in this case.

The music of Anima Tempo is definitely for those who love the metal side of prog, there are of course symphonic sounds but overall here they delight us with a mixture of death metal, prog metal and djent, all put together to create the own Anima Tempo sound. The album is divided in 7 tracks, including a 17-minute epic, that together make a running length of 53 minutes. So if you like prog metal, please be prepared to start an amazing and powerful journey.

It opens with "Last Awakening", a great 3-minute introductory track, whose first two are completely instrumental in a clear symphonic vein. Later vocals enter and we can have a slice of both, clean and growl vocals made by Gian Granados and Daniel González respectively. The djent is also present, and we can notice from the very beginning their musicianship is awesome, playing fast and difficult notes, but without losing the path. That djent sound is strengthen in "Confessions", in which keyboards keep the symphonic sound so it is a great mixture that give us power and even rage with the death vocals. I am sure the guys have so many influences, but I think their sound found its roots on 90s prog metal with bands such as Symphony X or Death, complemented by 00s acts such as A.C.T or Between the Buried and me, (I am not an expert on this matter, of course, but I think I have a clue at least).

"Art of Deception" is another powerful song in which we can be delighted by the musician's virtuosity, man, they are awesome, each one on their instrument make a wonderful whole, creating a sound that seems to be made by an experimented and veteran band, and not by a young one who has just a debut release. I don't exaggerate when I say this album don't ask anything to those big and consolidated bands; this song is a clear example of that. "Scarlet Angel" has a melancholic sound, it is probably the most relaxing of them all. It is like a power ballad with a catchy sound that in moments explodes and becomes more and more emotional.

"Behind the Gates of a Newcome" returns to the powerful and djenty side of Anima Tempo. Again we can have a feast of great virtuosity and technique, both guitars are awesome as well as bass and drums, and of course, the prominent work of keyboards that support the band creating great nuances and atmospheres. This is a great, fast and tasty instrumental song! The next one is "Cellophane Eyes" which happens to be the first single of this album, and I applaud that because I think they chose a great single to spread the word. It has a mid-eastern tendency with even a woman's far voice, along with percussion and violin. I love those first two minutes, I believe it is a wonderful introduction to the later chaotic and powerful sound they offer. Here the first vocals are growls, and though growls are definitively not my cup of tea, I can say that he does it great. The song is great, and better if you listen to it with good headphones.

The album finishes with the epic track "Caged in Memories", an ambitious 17-minute song that gives pure gold to the listener. The song reunites all the sounds and textures that Anima Tempo has already spread in previous songs, and what I love the most is that those 17 minutes perfectly flow, there are no weak passages and when you less expect it, the song has already finished. Of course there is a nice amount of changes, powerful moments on one hand, tender passages on the other hand. The delicacy of clean vocals and the raging growls; in the end, I think the band has to be truly happy with this long song and of course, with the whole album, a solid debut that will give prog metal listeners something to talk about for some time. Congratulations! Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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