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On disc: Anguish



- Symmetry - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- Symmetry - Volker Raabe - 7 stars


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Symmetry

Symmetry
(Massacre Rec. - 2002)


Some of you might remember their debut Lost Days Of Infancy which was released in late 1996. Afterwards the band played live a lot and worked on new material, tied to find their own identity. Now they are back with Symmetry! The German sextet offers progressive metal. Or shall I say progressive power metal? The title track is a great song which combines faster parts and slow, more mellow parts. The voice of singer Nuño Miguel de Barros Fernandes is the trademark of the band and due to his large vocal range he's able to add vocals which fit to the songs. The Mirror starts balladesque, then speed up a little. The breaks, the complex song structure keeps it interesting, it never gets boring. The vocals are catchy. Guitarist Gerd Krieger is always supporting the song, sometimes with screaming guitars, sometimes with his filigree play. The drums of Jochen Frei and the bass of Stephan Flicker build the powerful basis for the keyboard weaved floor of Marion Nie▀ner. On Moonlight they get a little more straight. The track shows that they are able to play straight and that they can stand their ground in the power metal genre. With the Maze Of Emotions they have a balladesque, but powerful slow track recorded. So, there is everything from balladesque to fast tracks. The album was recorded at the Famous Kitchen Studios with producer Andy Horn who did a very good job.
The music of Anguish is interesting for fans of Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Symphony X, but also for power metal fans, coz they have power and play straight.


? stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Symmetry

Symmetry
(Massacre Rec. - 2002)


Let's see what we got here? Symmetry of the Heidelberg-based Anguish! Heard of them, I guess... Even if Anguish released their debut in 1996 through D&S Records, I don't really know them. Okay, so let's listen to the boys from Heidelberg.
Anguish play progressive power metal and are able to make an impression on Symmetry. On tracks like The Mirror, Dreaming or Fear Of The Rain it's obvious that 5 experienced musicians did this and that they had detailed ideas about what they are doing. Especially who to combine aggression and progressiveness. The band can competed with international acts of this genre which is almost the work of singer Nuño Miguel Fernandez. This man can sing! I doubt that Anguish will be interesting for the masses, coz who is follow way of Dream Theater, Fates Warning or Symphony X is a talented musician, but as the result this music is more interesting for other musicians and not for the normal fan. With this release Anguish are one of the top genre acts in Germany, but I doubt that this is able to catch the attention of thousands of metal heads...


7 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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