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EXIVIOUS

Exivious

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.07 | 118 ratings

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b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Exivious from Holland is considered one of the top jazz fusion metal bands in last years. Formed almost 15 yers ago they mange to release only one stidio album so far in 2009, never counting the demos. Well what we have here is a combination of jazz fusion at played higher speed with prog metal leanings, usualy on this type of music is vice versa. The album is dominated by furious but yet very organized and tight guitar parts, drums aswell, is understandable because all musicians involved here are well known and handle the instruments very well. Two members from Cynic, the guitarist and bass player, the drumer from Textures and is clear in what direction the music is, very similar with Cynic, Gordian Knot, even with dutch Anomaly or Spiral Architect. Quite technical to extrmes, where the pieces flows very well one to other from more up tempo to mellower parts. Personaly I like this type of music, in this case is no diffrent but I can't consider this one a masterpiece, for instance I like more Gordian Knot, Anomaly (Holland) or Spiral Architect. The problem is here I think is that the passahes and arrangements don't contain some melodic lines, all album is based on technical manuvres, very technical btw. and is slightly not very diverse in compositions. All That Surrounds: Part 1and part 2 are more spacey and mellow but the rest is on 100 miles/h specially the guitar and drums. Not band but nothing really special aither for me at least. Anyway a good album that desearves 3 star, 3.5 stars for the first two pieces Ripple of a Tear and Time And Its Changes who are the best , the rest are ok with a minus on Asurim the worst tune of this record. Fans of thegenre can take some spins, worth it but is quite far from masterpiece status as many pretend to be.

b_olariu | 3/5 |

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