Here is another Swedish superstar group featuring such underground favs like Peter Wildoer on drums from DARKANE and Richard Andersson on vocals from MAJESTY (if I may object here, Richard is the keyboarder, Apollo Papathanasio is the singer here, but he also had been in MAJESTIC before, which, btw is the band name - Alex) just to name a few here. You could guess that with this kind of line up things could be interesting.
Yes, they are good at what they do and play with great precision. Peter is just as a technical Thrash drummer in DARKANE as he is in TIME REQUIEM. He is someone that never ceases to amaze me. He is tighter than hell and is just as nuts here with his complex time changes. The keys provide an elegant sound to the band which makes them sound first class. The spiralling guitar solos on the title track are just fabulous and dizzying at the same time. Richard's vocals are lush and powerful. He doesn't sing high at all which is a good thing. God bless him.
The only thing here is that their songs are just a little too long even if you are a fan of the progressive scene. I think they cram just too many notes here. The music is enjoyable and entertaining, but I think that they could have either added a few more songs in this time frame or just trim them down to the 5 minute mark or below. That's just me. They don't have to really prove anything here.
People that know them know that their work is outstanding. I don't know if I have Attention Deficit Disorder here or what, but I am starting to lean toward bands that can get the job done in less time. The release is outstanding overall and is just amazing to hear. (Online June 18, 2003)