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Album of the Month - August
  • Light of Dawn
    Light of Dawn
    by Unisonic
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  • Live at Wacken 2013
    Live at Wacken 2013
    starring Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Various Artists
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  • The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade
    The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade
    by Martin Popoff
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  • Mudvayne
    Mudvayne
    by Mudvayne
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  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind
  • Retribution
    Retribution
    by Shadows Fall
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    Brutal Legend
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Saturday
May052012

Mirrormaze - Walkabout

Yes, it's another progmetal band that sounds familiar, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to lay down some good music.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...

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Reader Comments (1)

I think Mirrormaze is totally awesome and even from the teasers I hear plenty of their own personal touches. As soon as I found out about them a couple of months ago I could not wait for their album to be released. It cool to read what others opinions of Mirrormaze are though...... :-)

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKai

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