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MINDWORK

Eterea

(Divebomb)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 7.0

Once past the horrifying realization that my own mind tricked me into thinking this was going to be a technical death metal album (I saw "Atheist" in the bio and stopped there, when I should have kept reading to see the next reference: Opeth), I have to admit this is good stuff. This Czech Republic quartet originally released this disc last year, and Divebomb is doing what they do best: reissuing under-the-radar albums to North American metal masses (they're also simultaneously reissuing Into The Swirl, this band's '09 debut). Anyway, not sure why the label is calling this one death metal as the vocals are pure bar-band-covering-Dream Theater, and the tunes not that much heavier. Sure, they threaten to get heavy, and the vocals get a bit more aggro on tunes like 'Mind Renewal' and album heavyweight 'Enthusiastic Waves', but the DM reference is selling this one short: it's pure three-guys'-last-names prog metal/heavy hard rock fare (think Sensory Records). 'Perceiving The Reality' has cool razor-wire riffing, and 'The Stream Of Causality' goes mellow and '80s with the guitar tone, to great effect. 'Causality (The Reconciliation)' (stop that) has some killer guitar dynamics: that mid-song burst and explosion just rules. 'Stillness Of The Sea' showcases some light, deft touches from drummer Filip Kittnar, who is a highlight throughout the album. The vocals could be stronger and should stop the aggro-guy flirtations entirely, as it's distracting, it doesn't make it heavy, and it ain't going to appeal to a DM crowd; when he's singing, he needs to make us feel it more. But, still, you prog guys, and girls (kidding), check this one out; they've got tech skills all over the place, and they can almost write a memorable tune on top of that.



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