Time Requiem
Time Requiem


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by my trash taste is stuck in the past USER (28 Reviews)
July 9th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The lyrics suck. That's all, though.

In 2001, Richard Andersson renamed his project, Majestic, to Time Requiem. The reason was because the group had reached a supposed dead end, and wished to change their musical style from the neo-classical metal heard on their first two releases, to a more progressive feel. Their self-titled debut finds itself partway in between neo-classical and progressive metal, taking elements from both and weaving them together expertly. Serving as a sort of transition album between the two styles, Time Requiem's self-titled debut is undoubtedly their strongest effort.

One of the issues with both neo-classical and progressive metal is that many artists do not show restraint, and simply enter a soulless state of technical, but uninteresting playing. This can be interesting at some times, just as a statement of how talented the musicians are, but it leaves the music itself with a stale taste, simply seeming to be a showcase for said talent. Fortunately, The composition of this album, while still highly technical and impressive, is emotional and feels well thought out, as to avoid this issue. Instances of the incredible keyboard playing abilities of Richard Andersson can be heard in tracks such as Visions of New Dawn, in the bridge before the chorus. While quite fast, it still feels fitting in the music itself, rather than being out of place.

As mentioned, this album is somewhat of a transition piece for the band. As this was their first effort playing in a style quite different from their original form, some influences of neo-classical are still present, but the progressive edge is still predominant. Tracks such as the aptly named Grand Opus lean more towards the neo-classical side of the spectrum, with classical compositions transcribed into the song itself, and the overall feeling of the track invokes elegance and beauty. On the other side of things we have the instrumental Brutal Mentor, which is 6 minutes straight of Andersson showcasing nothing more than pure unadulterated speed and technicality, leaning more towards the progressive edge. Tracks such as Milagros Charm fall in the middle, expertly blending elements of both extremes in a manner which is quite impressive and enjoyable.

An issue which has always been present in songs written by Richard Andersson has been the lyrics. While more tolerable in his earlier works, many of the lyrics found in Time Requiem songs are things that seem poetic, but are pure nonsense. Take this excerpt from the aforementioned Milagros Charm:

"Now is the time and you might be walking on forever
Don't be the one with faking animals in charge
It's for real waiting for someone
who can steer this ship together
This is the everlasting soul of fortune eyes."

It seems quite eloquent, but upon analyzing it in depth, it is simply meaningless. Perhaps many days of analysis and philosophical pondering would reveal a more meaningful message that is far too esoteric for the average human to find, but most likely, the lyrics were simply written with words that sound cool.

Other than this, Time Requiem's debut is extremely well put together. If you don't search for a great meaning in the lyrics, you will hear the best sides of both neo-classical and progressive metal, with the negative attributes all but left behind.

Highlights:
Grand Opus
Visions of New Dawn
Milagros Charm



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Mister Twister
July 8th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an awesome album, shame about the lyrics though.

Digging: Panikk - Unbearable Conditions

facupm
July 8th 2013


8558 Comments


good review pos

gonna check

Mister Twister
July 8th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos, make sure you drop a rating on this! I've enjoyed it quite a bit, then again Majestic was my favorite band, so I might not be the best person to ask.

Mister Twister
July 8th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Liar, you didn't pos this at all >:c

FrozenVain
July 9th 2013


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have never heard of this band either. Sounds awesome though. Will put it on my must-listen power metal list together with Timeless Miracle. Pos'd, bro.

FrozenVain
July 9th 2013


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Liar, you didn't pos this at all >:c"

He got you hard.

Mister Twister
July 9th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're basically Majestic with a more progressive edge and even more nonsensical lyrics. It's great.

facupm
July 9th 2013


8558 Comments


swear i pos'd lol

re-pos

Mister Twister
July 9th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's more like it. Now you just need to drop a 4.5 on it >:D

facupm
July 9th 2013


8558 Comments


havent jammed yet

Mister Twister
July 9th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do it preemptively :o

Milagros Charm is the king.

FrozenVain
July 11th 2013


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah

Mister Twister
July 11th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it kind of rules.

Mister Twister
July 15th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Milagros Charm is seriously way too good, though. Song rules.

Mister Twister
July 29th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You dropped your rating to a 4 >:c

FrozenVain
July 29th 2013


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did for some reason. Bumped again. I really like Visions of a new dawn.

Mister Twister
July 29th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's more like it.

Watching the Tower of Skies also rules really hard.

Kind of a shame that The Inner Circle Of Reality is just kind of generic-ish prog. Apollo's voice still rules, but you know.

FrozenVain
July 29th 2013


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will probably check them all out in time.

Mister Twister
July 29th 2013


1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

With this band: Debut > Optical Illusion > Inner Circle. Optical Illusion has Goran Edman singing, which is pretty cool.

facupm
July 30th 2013


8558 Comments


i jammed this, it reminds me sweetly of Malmsteen with those guitars, they sound so classical

its solid enough



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