I have heard so much about these guys, but never got to take in there sounds. I was perhaps hesitant to do so because maybe the hype was just a bunch of bullshit. Well, now I can absolutely say that these guys have hit the mark perfectly. Front man Nils who also now doubles in EIDOLON has a unique voice. It's dramatic, powerful and then some, but he never gets out of control.
Musically, it's a perfect blend of Power Metal and Progressive. "The Celestine" encompasses everything that I like about music. The musicianship is nothing short of top notch. The guitar solos are passionate and enthralling while the drums are technical, but never overly complex. There is a pattern and a constant melody that will keep you hooked in for the over seven minute mark without boring you to death. This is aggressive, elegant, progressive and full of energy without being clichéd. "Enigmatic Mission" continues to blow me away with its catchy work. The voice just absolutely hypnotizes you while the music just continues to rock out.
"Supremacy, Our Kind" is really intriguing because it starts out as a really heavy number and then breaks down into Neo-Classical and then just mixes it up and it just reeks of class and professionalism. I have to say that this is my favorite track just because they are so daring musically and they make it work out. Jesus Christ! Each track just gets cooler and better as we move along here. I have never heard anything sound so brilliant and intelligent.
This is a must have for fans of any genre. I am completely sold here. I am buying the whole back catalogue. As far as LMP goes, this is the best thing he has on his roster. (Online April 20, 2006)