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Thomas, Gareth - The Theory (8/10) - Great Britain - 2006

Genre: Instrumental Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 54:43
Band homepage: Thomas, Gareth

Tracklist:

  1. Abandoned
  2. Cross Of Fire >mp3
  3. The Theory >mp3
  4. Moment Of Truth
  5. In These Veins
  6. Majestic 12
  7. Sacrifice >mp3
  8. Final Hour
  9. Elevation
  10. The End
Thomas, Gareth - The Theory

This is one man’s one year and a half long dedication, showing his composition skills in the instrumental Rock/Metal world while wearing his vast array of influences on his sleeves.

 

More often than not, promotional tools and band websites contain nothing but hyperbolae and grossly exaggerated statements, but the claims of “layered guitar harmonies” and “subtle textures” on the man’s website are absolutely true.

 

This is a very melodic release, with the compositional mood of Classical composers, with the songs developing at the start and slowly building a climax to get to the finish. The subtle changes in musical style help with this goal, as a very slow and ballad-like song will contain a pretty heavy section that fits with the general theme of the song, but be distinct.

 

That’s one of the great things about this album. It goes from genre to genre subtly, building and releasing tension as the songs play on. Gareth Thomas saw the big picture when writing the music for this, as he did not simply write the songs to just stand out on their own, but to make sure they had their place in the whole of the album. Well, the one song where this doesn’t work that well is “The Theory”. Ten minutes long, first half being an atmospheric, open and spacey bit, it goes off into Metal territory, then it has a dark acoustic outro, very similar to early OPETH’s acoustic stuff. Now, just in this song, those three sections feel like they’ve been stuck together by duct tape, as the transition between the three moods doesn’t feel right. It’s the only song where this problem occurs, though.

 

And his guitar playing? Hell, next to Slash and Steve Vai, I haven’t heard someone make his or her guitar SING like that in AGES. It’s jaw-dropping, the emotion that oozes out of this man’s playing.

 

It’s a very diverse, melodic and thought-out release. The production isn’t perfect, but for a demo, it’s pretty good.

 

Strongly recommended if you enjoy instrumental stuff. (Online June 30, 2006)

Armen Janjanian



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