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Secret Sphere - Scent Of Human Desire (9/10) - Italy - 2003

Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 53:24
Band homepage: Secret Sphere

Tracklist:

  1. Rain
  2. Still Here
  3. 1000 Eyes' Show
  4. More Than Simple Emotions
  5. Surrounding
  6. Desire
  7. Virgin Street 69
  8. Runaway Train
  9. Scent Of A Woman
  10. Life Part I-Walking Through The Dawn
  11. Life Part II-Daylight
Secret Sphere - Scent Of Human Desire
Here is a band that I have been following on the indie scene for a couple of years now. Italy is now pumping out some quality bands and this one is no exception. On their third offering I got a nice surprise. The trademarks are all there, but they didn't just simply give us another typical Progressive Power Metal product. They went all out to make something special and unique. This CD combines the best in Progressive, technicality, neo-classical and Hard Rock. I will say that I REFUSE to call CD Power Metal. There is no sense of Power Metal in sight here at all.

The opening track "Rain" is solid, hard and heavy without playing at a million hours an hour. It's classy with the classical pianos thrown in and meshing with the Hard Rock sound. What I like here is that while all of these elements that I mentioned here, they don't overkill it. Everything is done for a reason and they know when to end something. "Still Here" is a harder track and the tempo is in fact more up than the opener, but still doesn't come close to being considered a Power Metal track. The guitars are rough and a little wild at times. Ok, I take the Power Metal back. "1000 Eyes' Show" starts out fast and powerful and stays that way. A really good tune here.

This album scores major points here for the fact that they add a bit of a raw sound to their production. While the production is crystal clear, the band try to add a rough sound to the CD and it works. The CD flows perfectly from the start until track seven which is "Virgin Street 69". The music is very solid here, but the song title and the lyrics is are quite silly. The fact that they have women having orgasms in the song is a little lame. Leave that for KID ROCK and MÖTLEY CRÜE. I have no problem with it, but when you have such a classy band like this, there is no need for it in my opinion.

I would have given this CD a ten, but because of "Virgin Street" I had to knock it down just a tad. Sorry! I love the CD and think it's fantastic overall. A lot of effort went into this and it came out quick well. (Online September 20, 2003)

Joe Florez



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