Okay, I'm not going to tell you that this progressive metal band, Mirrormaze, has redefined the subgenre with their debut album, Walkabout. Everything you'd expect from this well-established portion of the metal spectrum is here, all the tropes progmetal fans should know and love (shifting time signatures, impressive displays of virtuosity on everyone's instruments, and esoteric lyrics vaguely about the doubts, fears and desires of all humans), and it's totally satisfying.
And therein lies the only criticism. This album suffices. They've managed to cover all of the bases that the proto-progmetallers laid down so well, they perhaps forgot to add their own touch to it. Please, don't get me wrong, this is really good progmetal album; these guys do pretty much everything right, I mean the riffs are heavy, groove really well, everybody rips and shreds in perfect sync. It just sounds like so many other progmetal albums before it.
The Bottom Line: If you're a fan of bands like Fates Warning (Ray Alder guests on Deeper Signs, by the way) and Dream Theater, you'll probably dig this album pretty well - and you should, cuz it rocks. But if you're looking for a band to shake things up the way the aforementioned bands did when they came on the scene, keep looking.
Tracks to Help You Understand My Review: Earn Your Answers, Deeper Signs, Walkabout & Broken Soul
- Genghis hopes it came across that he really liked the album...