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W477ZY
September 29th 2011



67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Turns out, this is my favourite album of 2011.

Willie
Moderator
September 30th 2011



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This might be, but that Jezabels album is pretty fucking good... seriously.

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keyserfunk
October 1st 2011



280 Comments


This is a really well written and informative review, so much so that I am considering giving this bad boy a try. I hesitate, however, given how much progressive metal sounds more like 70s-era hard rock by the day. I'll do some investigation before investing funds.

Sound
October 1st 2011



3887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds like a native american 'singing' on top of technical prog metal.


keyserfunk
October 1st 2011



280 Comments


So I checked out "Stained Glass Sky" on their MySpace page, and the music is really heavy progressive metal as I like it, to include some wicked lead/soloing guitar work; however, I'm not sure about the vocals. I sense the dude's voice is an acquired taste. I imagine this is what non-Rush fans complain about when they hear Getty Lee.

AsoTamaki
October 1st 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, most people say that about Arch. There are moments where he sings in a more restrained manner so if you don't outright hate his voice, it will likely grow on you. The complex, busy melodies are wonderful, but I guess they don't help to make things any more accessible.

I think he really shines on the ballad, "Incense and Myrrh." The majority of it is just acoustic guitar and vocals. The simpler melody and a lack of heavy, technical instrumentation behind it allows you to really appreciate the beauty of his voice.

keyserfunk
October 1st 2011



280 Comments


^ Thanks. I needed some hope, a lifeline, and you just might have given me the ticket. Again, the music is pretty serious.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2011



5903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds like a native american 'singing' on top of technical prog metal



I'm not a huge fan of Arch myself, but this is a rather harsh criticism.

Are you implying that he sounds like a country singer?

Arch's vocals are good, to say the least, i like them, they possess a twist long forgotten in the prog metal domain.

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AsoTamaki
October 1st 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The thing is... Arch is part Native American.

Sound
October 1st 2011



3887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It wasn't a criticism perse. The vocals, as well as most of its melodies, are unusual which makes it interesting and challenging to listen to.

Ronin72
October 1st 2011



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Personally I think Arch's voice has held up over the years better than Ray's has. I hope Matheos works more with Arch.

theory
October 6th 2011



4 Comments


Great review

Metamorphosis
October 7th 2011



420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh wait this is prog metal? I'm kind of a sucker for this genre so I will probably see this extremely favorably.

keyserfunk
October 12th 2011



280 Comments


I think I might have just made a mistake picking up this album after all. Willie now tells me these vocals are great relative to Joey Eppard's. I fear they will never grow on me. Is there hope?

AsoTamaki
October 12th 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Eppard sounds like any number of hard rock vocalists. Arch's voice is much more unique and distinctive which causes people to either love it or hate it.

FrFRfr
October 15th 2011



64 Comments


I think my favorite track is Midnight Serenade.

JizzInMyPants
November 6th 2011



2368 Comments


the riffs on this album maaaaaan, vocalist is good an all but ray probably woulda killed it more, instrumentally this album shits on the new redemption, First prog album I listened to where I didn't go "oh well this is the pointless wank part".

JizzInMyPants
November 9th 2011



2368 Comments


4:10 of stained reminds me of master of puppets(song)

But yea, the first 3 tracks on this album is gold, after that it is eh/meh/aiight,

like they held on to the singer's balls throughout the whole recording argh

"I'm the stained glass sky, I grab my own balls"

Parallels
November 9th 2011



6640 Comments


I am looking forward to FW's next release soooo much.

Jruined
November 15th 2011



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not the usual type of prog I'm into, but this thing is the tits. I actually enjoy Arch's approach quite a bit, and I like how he doesn't try to overpower the music he is singing over. He sounds like he's floating over it and adding accents to it when need be if that makes sense. Nice vocal lines.



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