Italy’s LABYRINTH is a band that has a peculiar history. After all, how many other Power Metal bands can claim that they dismissed Fabio Lione because they didn’t want to get too “big”? After listening to “6 Days To Nowhere”, it becomes clear that they shouldn’t have to worry about that happening anytime soon, as this album is a boring, under-produced piece of crap.
Why any band would send Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE) packing is beyond me, especially considering who they hired as his replacement: Roberto Tiranti. Normally I’m a huge fan of any high-pitched Power Metal wailer, but this guy’s irritating vocals get on my nerves something fierce. Tiranti’s poor Michael Kiske impersonation is laced with a nasal whine that, when combined with the poor production, really detracts from the overall experience.
There are a few good riffs here and there courtesy of axemen Andrea Cantarelli and Pier Gonella, but the majority of the songs are just contrived Prog Metal. The opener “Crossroads” fails to impress, as does its follow-up, “There Is A Way”. “Mother Earth” is also ripped to pieces by Tiranti’s vocals. The band even manages to deliver a lackluster cover of THE BEATLES’ classic “Come Together”.
One song that definitely stands out, however, is “Lost”. This is the kind of versatility the band should be pursuing, rather than mindlessly churning out generic Prog riffs. “Lost” incorporates an extremely heavy Thrash influence (complete with growled vocals!), blastbeats, softer clean guitar passages, and a killer Spanish-style acoustic solo. And it works. “Lost” is a fantastic song, and I wish “6 Days To Nowhere” were filled with such unique material as this.
Overall, “6 Days To Nowhere” is a mediocre Progressive Power Metal album. Boring, uninspired songs and grating vocals are the main culprits here. It has its moments, but they are certainly few and far between, and not constant enough to warrant a solid purchase. Plus, it’s a bit sad when one of the best tracks on the album is a remake of “Piece Of Time” from the band’s 1996 (Lione-fronted) debut, “No Limits”.
(Online July 25, 2007)