Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Toomas Vanem "II"

Country: Estonia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: January 5, 2022 (digital), May 2022 (vinyl)
1. Custom Feel (5:52) 
2. Little Princess (6:20) 
3. Pantuvaralic (6:53) 
4. Snowflakes (5:11) 
5. Djentelmansa (5:10) 
6. Vingardium Leviossa (5:25) 
7. Ai Ai Hii (5:21) 

Total Time 40:12

Toomas Vanem - guitars
Andrus Lillepea - drums (1,2,4,5,6)
Kyle Hughes - drums (3,7)
Henno Kelp - bass solo (6)

This is a dynamic creation, with liberal amounts of ebb and flow in just about all of the songs where pace, intensity and arrangements fluctuate in a flowing and logical manner. Crunchy riffs with sharp guitar soloing on top and a vast amount of variations on the guitar riffs, keyboards and guitar soloing combinations are explored ranging from majestic to elegant. Playful, calmer sections pops up at regular intervals, where landscapes with more of dreamladen character are explored, and the occasional left turn into slightly more fusion-oriented territories is a part of the totality too. And while the guitar is the star of this show, we do get a few sweet moments where the keyboards are given the limelight as well. An intriguing and well made album for those who like instrumental progressive metal, and in particular for those who appreciate such albums when they provide variation and what appears to be a focus on dynamic features.
Read the full review by  Olav Martin Bjørnsen at progressor.net' facebook


1 comment :

  1. All-Access-Pass just published fresh interview with Estonian Guitar player about his new album, his thoughts about music, composing, guitar, and more.