Monday, June 29, 2015

Next To None "A Light in the Dark"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelInsideOut (EU), Radiant Records (US)
FormatCD, digital
Release date June 29, 2015 (EU), June 30, 2015 (US)
1. The Edge Of Sanity (9:39)
2. You Are Not Me (4:55)
3. Runaway (4:58)
4. A Lonely Walk (5:31)
5. Control (9:58)
6. Lost (6:12)
7. Social Anxiety (3:44)
8. Legacy (3:56)
9. Blood On My Hands (8:14)

Thomas Cuce – Vocals and Keys
Max Portnoy – Drums
Ryland Holland – Guitars
Kris Rank – Bass
Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic) - Mellotron
Bumblefoot (Guns ‘n’ Roses) - Guitar solo

 The band certainly channel their inner Dream Theater, although they do manage to put their own twist on it by incorporating their more metal influences for a much more aggressive sound.  While the songwriting does hint at them being young and new at this, the kids can indeed play and this makes their potential all that more exciting.
The album’s opener, “The Edge of Sanity” has hints of Dream Theater’s “The Mirror” and “Dark Eternal Night.”  Max’s drumming in stellar while the production is raw and heavy.  The middle section of the song is straight up trash metal with the band showing off their chops each one at a time.  If you want something to bang your head to, this is it.
The second track and lead single “You Are Not Me” is as metal as you can get through the verses, but also has the album’s most memorable chorus and hook. “A Lonely Walk”, the ballad on the disc, is easlily one of the album highlights featuring both Neal Morse (Mellotron) and Bumblefoot, with a killer guitar solo.
 Read the full review at progreport.com

Blood On My Hands
You Are Not Me

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