Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Progmetal | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 158 / 3-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 6/10 | Label: Just For Kicks | Autor: MaB

Nathan Frost already sat at the piano when he was three years old and played bass and keyboards in a progmetal band at high school. After graduating, he enrolled at the DigiPen Institute of Technology near Seattle and has since composed music for several video games. For the realization of "Synecron", the young man with the cheerful temperament was able to win over some of the best instrumentalists of the genre, including Derek Sherinian (keys), Marco Sfogli (g) as well as Virgil Donati and Marco Minnemann (dr). Sherinian's own works in particular serve as a kind of point of reference, since the frickel factor is relatively pronounced except in the classically influenced piano piece "Samsaara". This already applies to the opener "Empire Rising, 2000 AD" and also becomes obvious with the "Empire Falling" enriched with dramatic organ chords and the "Empire Rising, 505 AD", which unfortunately sounds rather biting. The most exciting arrangement is "Singularity", but otherwise this CD lacks themes that catch the eye. In addition, production is quite undercooled, not to say frosty.

Top Track: Singularity

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