James LaBrie
Impermanent Resonance


3.5
great

Review

by Matthew Hopkins USER (44 Reviews)
August 16th, 2013 | 44 replies | 4,970 views


Release Date: 08/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: James LaBrie is musical Marmite.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

James LaBrie is better known as the lead singer of progressive metal giants Dream Theater, but like all members of that band, he manages to pull off a rather busy musical career outside of the band. Impermanent Resonance is his newest solo effort, coming out after his 2010 album Static Impulse.

Impermanent Resonance is best described as a simple metal album. The album is an outing for his musical style and taste which are a lot more simple than people would expect. In addition he doesn't provide the entirety of the vocals, as he is also joined by Peter Wildoer, who in addition to beating the drum kit around with exceptional force, provides harsh, death metal style vocals.

This mix actually comes off quite well, similar to his previous album, LaBrie and Wildoer perform some kind of evil duet on several of the tracks, most notably on the first one. With LaBrie's high pitched voice mixing rather well with Wildoer's death growls. Everything fits well on this album, the drums and guitar doing a decent job of giving us an enjoyable, if slightly plain, metal experience.

The album's biggest let down however, is its poor lyrical content, songs like 'I Got You' have horrendously poor chorus work, and the song 'Down to Earth' brings images of LaBrie sitting on a mountain top trying to serenade a reluctant UFO pilot. LaBrie has never been an excellent lyricist and it really shows on several of the tracks, the rest of the tracks are bearable provided you don't pay too much attention to what LaBrie is actually singing about.

Despite issues on lyrical quality, Impermanent Resonance is not a bad album in other regards. The music is well put together, even if it is a little bit generic at times. The death metal vocals provide an interesting change from LaBrie's own. And the drumming is particularly good, with Peter Wildoer doing some incredibly heavy drum beats. Everything on this album is good, even though it comes across as being a little too 'safe' for its own good.

Impermanent Resonance is not Dream Theater light, and this point cannot be more stressed enough. LaBrie never tries to attempt what his parent band performs on a regular basis. Instead the offspring has grown to hate his father and his ways, preferring to make his own path through life. The only true hint of a 'progressive' sound is on the song 'Why' which has an extended guitar solo, but that is as far as LaBrie takes it. This is a stark comparison to the more extravagant style that can be seen on some of his earlier work.

James LaBrie's fifth solo effort shows him wandering happily down a tangent path away from Dream Theater. He is quite happy to keep providing a more basic type of sound when compared to his earlier work, especially on the album Elements of Persuasion. Unfortunately for LaBrie he does not have an exceptional ability as a song writer or lyricist, and his music will occasionally leave you feeling hollow or embarrassed with its horrendously cheesy sound.



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Hoppoman
August 16th 2013



634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Originally posted here. http://meltingalbumreviews.com/2013/08/17/james-labrie-impermanent-resonance/

It gets a 3.5 by the skin of its teeth, the lyrics are incredabad.

climactic
August 16th 2013



18733 Comments


lolbrie

feargm
August 16th 2013



307 Comments


LaBrie was never a good lyricist. Nice review.

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Hoppoman
August 16th 2013



634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, I wasn't too fond of writing this one to be honest.

DegausserGuernica24
August 16th 2013



1134 Comments


Marmite, why does nobody like you?

Hoppoman
August 16th 2013



634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Because it is a foul disgusting black tar like substance which is probably secreted by the devils backside.

KILL
August 16th 2013



71566 Comments


fuck this

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Evreaia
August 16th 2013



4022 Comments


fuck this [2]

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TheCrocodile
August 16th 2013



225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album left me nauseous...

loyalroyal
August 16th 2013



4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually really enjoyed this album. Having not really looked at any of dream theater's work, I found this album really enjoyable with some good lyrical content and catchy hooks.

Willie
Moderator
August 16th 2013



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not bad. The previous two solo albums were both better, though.

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KILL
August 16th 2013



71566 Comments


gettin ready for the new dt willie bro!

Willie
Moderator
August 16th 2013



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gettin ready for new Fates Warning.

KILL
August 16th 2013



71566 Comments


u gettin promo?

Willie
Moderator
August 16th 2013



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yep

KILL
August 16th 2013



71566 Comments


dt too? omg best year for prog metal since 86!

thespaceforthis
August 16th 2013



518 Comments


2.5/5 would listen to it again

bloc
August 16th 2013



34790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A few solid songs on this

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KILL
August 16th 2013



71566 Comments


bloc dude are you gonna 4.5 the new dt i'll do it if u do

bloc
August 16th 2013



34790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll have to hear it first, but it's unlikely.



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