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Jester's Tears - Illusion (5,5/10) - Germany - 2001

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Headless
Playing time: 63:54
Band homepage: Jester's Tears


  1. Inside
  2. Close To You
  3. Storm
  4. Speed Of Pain
  5. Assassino
  6. Shining
  7. Illusion
  8. I Don't Mind
  9. Letter
  10. To Me, To You, Them
  11. The Things That You've Done
  12. Everything
  13. Unspoken Words
  14. And Out
Jester's Tears - Illusion
So, it's about time to cite an info-flyer of a record-label: "The press compares the style of JESTER'S TEARS with bands like GAMMA RAY, FATES WARNING, ANGRA and partly also QUEENSRYCHE." May I object? I have listened to this album for a few times and I have neither found GAMMA RAY nor ANGRA! The other two bands, well in some parts you could find some connection, but to compare them? Well...

And quality-wise they are even farther away, because what they offer us here on their first complete album is Melodic Metal with a few progressive elements, which remains stuck in mediocrity. The sometimes quite unharmonic choir/chorus-passages don't exactly help either.

And the intro "Inside" with this strange pig-grunts might have turned out to be quite amusing, but if it's elongated to more than three minutes, it's just getting unnerving!

Overall a very mediocre album, in each aspect, what brings up the question, who should buy it in these times of millions of releases each week. If I had not received it for free, I wouldn't...

Alexander Melzer

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