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Hemisphere - Mind's Door (5,5/10) - Italy - 2001

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Elevate Records
Playing time: 53:03
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Mind's Door
  2. The Visitor
  3. The Reveal - Part I
  4. On Fire
  5. Shine On
  6. Longest Winter
  7. Black Swan
  8. Shade Of Akhenaton
  9. Never Die
  10. Flying High
  11. Metzengerstein
  12. The Reveal - Part II
Hemisphere - Mind's Door
Oy, another chapter of my favourite book "info-sheets and their realistic perceptions"... They write about an "absolutely unique instrumental performance", about a "masterpiece of an album" and Fabio Cerrone is heralded as "one of the acknowledged best Italian guitarists". When you read something like that, a certain expectation is built up (positively or negatively that is), even more so as the sheet states SYMPHONY X and Yngwie Malmsteen as reference.

So what is behind those big words? Nothing but hot air, I'd say. First of all, who knows Fabio Cerrone? I guess that not many of you will raise their hand now. I don't want to argue about them being "some of the best musicians at the moment", but I cannot agree with that, should anybody try to apply the same praise on the song-writing. Musically they are cruising the waters of Progressive Power Metal, but good rudiments are destroyed by the gruesome solo-escapades, which take away any kind of flow from the songs.

"The Reveal - Part I", "Black Swan" or the balladesque "Longest Winter" show that the Italians are able to write good songs, but at no point you hear any cohesion in the song-material or a union of the band. No, guys, that was nothing…

Alexander Melzer



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