Time, The Valuator
How Fleeting, How Fragile


4.5
superb

Review

by Mason Pearmain USER (51 Reviews)
February 14th, 2019 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s more than enough room for another band in space

The Internet can be a wonderful place sometimes. Thanks to its existence, word of mouth spreads a lot quicker these days than it did in the past. In all fairness, it isn’t what I'd call a foolproof system, as many less-than-adequate artists find themselves seeing a massive wave of viral success because of it. At the same time though, the Internet is a tool that makes for a much easier way to find great music. No longer are you dependent on your local scene to break out of your comfort zone. Not to mention, there’s a good chance that without the advent of the Internet, a band like Germany's own Time, the Valuator wouldn’t have reached the position they are in now. Due to them combining the melodic flair of acts like Hands Like Houses with more progressive writing similar to acts like Lithium Dawn and Periphery, their style is a tad easier to digest than the average prog-metal act.

How Fleeting, How Fragile shows an immense amount of potential for a debut, with its wonderfully crafted soundscapes being of particular note. Singer Phil Bayer delivers an excellent performance, one that would turn out to be his last with the band since he left not long after its release due to mental health issues. Songs like “Elusive Reasons” and “In Control” lie closer to the playbook of bands like Emarosa and The Afterimage, while “Terminus”, “Fugitive” (which features Mattéo Gelsomino of the band Novelists), “Starseeker” and “Onryo” run a lot closer to the heavier, more technical wing of the album's influences. Guitarists Rene Möllenbeck and Cedric Dreyszas add quite a bit to the overall depth of each song, as thanks to modern technology and multitracking, they were able to layer multiple intricate guitar lines on top of each other and create a “bigger” feel to the music.

Along with being stylistically diverse, the band proved their lyrical chops as well. “The Violent Sound” in particular is an attack on greedy political leaders that send their citizens to war for their own personal benefit, and “Onryo” is a more ambiguous take on government corruption. Other songs such as “Heritage”, closer “How Fragile”, and “When I Met Death” show the men in Time, the Valuator at their most emotionally substantial, pondering human existence from a more reflective position. While it’s admittedly not the most original album in a thematic sense, as other bands like Periphery and Northlane already explored the topics expressed here, there’s a level of conviction that’s hard to deny; on “Fugitive”, the writer feels as if his very existence on Earth is like a prison, possibly due to the aforementioned mental health issues. Much like the usual fare from Periphery, this band’s debut seeks to mix their conceptual writing style with lyrics more personal in nature.

Time, the Valuator are a unique band within the realms of progressive metal, and their eclectic debut should serve as evidence to that statement. The cosmos may seem crowded as a result of their more space-rock tendencies this go around, but there’s more than enough room for another band in space. Lithium Dawn took a similar trip last year with Gravity Waves as well, but considering they were going along with a more futuristic narrative than what this band had to offer, it’s unlikely that they crossed paths during their expedition. The four guys in this band didn’t specify a timeframe, so it’s possible they would be trekking into the unknown in present day instead. The future is unclear for the band thanks to Bayer’s departure, but one thing is clear as day: How Fleeting, How Fragile is a wonderful mix of multiple different styles that ought to be heard with your own ears.



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AgentDeathbat
February 14th 2019


7870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was sitting on this one for a couple days. Wonderful album, and judging by the sound-offs even many who aren't a fan of this kind of prog-metal enjoy it a bit.

Get Low
February 14th 2019


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album

AgentDeathbat
February 14th 2019


7870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

\m/

Lucman
February 14th 2019


1929 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This sounds sweet dude, will give it a spin.

Digging: Copeland - Blushing

AgentDeathbat
February 14th 2019


7870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Luc: Hope you enjoy!

Lucman
February 14th 2019


1929 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well I was hoping I'd like this but unfortunately, it ain't for me. Actually reminds me of DGD a little vocally. It's mainly the vocals and the Djent moments that drive me away and, like Hands for Houses, it's a little boring.

Toondude10
February 14th 2019


13656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album rules, shame the singer left though

Digging: Dream Theater - Distance Over Time

Flugmorph
February 14th 2019


20668 Comments


this album is not good

TundraL5Z
February 14th 2019


2285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is pretty good, but I could have done without the rap parts scattered throughout...



But I think the album is tad overproduced honestly, the double tracking of stuff especially the riffs makes it feel quite robotic and on rails or a grid, although the drums are quite well produced

Digging: Swallow the Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light

TundraL5Z
February 14th 2019


2285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, scratch that, I think my issue is that a majority of the songs are probably in a 4/3 polymeter, leaving the songs seem quite chaotic, it's a jarring listen for me, perhaps after more listens I'll start to like it more

MarsKid
February 14th 2019


8553 Comments


Not too bad review, seems like a good album.

"Album is pretty good, but I could have done without the rap parts scattered throughout..."

"without the rap parts"

"rap parts"

Never mind, I'm going to run away from this as far as I can

Digging: Wounds (USA-IL) - Light Eater

Toondude10
February 14th 2019


13656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

there's like 2 "rap" parts in it and they last like 10 seconds each

Get Low
February 14th 2019


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rapping in metalcore is always bad and should never happen.

Toondude10
February 14th 2019


13656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

lol this isn't metalcore

Get Low
February 14th 2019


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Regardless of whether that's true or not, my statement still stands.

stasar
February 14th 2019


40 Comments


i've heard generally good things about this album, but haven't given it a full spin because this genre has to catch me in the right mood.

when you talk about lyrics, it would be nice if you gave examples of neat lines that caught your interest and go a bit deeper on why they catch you. otherwise it reads a bit like a summary, which isn't necessarily bad, but I think with unproven bands like Time, the Valuator you need to give the elevator pitch as much of a boost as possible.

this review makes me excited to give this a spin!

TundraL5Z
February 14th 2019


2285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah there is only 2 "rap" parts but they shouldn't have made it on the final cuts of those songs if they where the only ones to have rap parts... it's just... strange at that point

AgentDeathbat
February 14th 2019


7870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@stasar: I probably could have put a few excerpts in.

AgentDeathbat
February 14th 2019


7870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As far as the rap parts, they don't really take much away from the rest of the experience, it kind of threw me off on the tracks they're on initially but I got past that.

Get Low
February 14th 2019


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Re-listened to this today. Love the track with the Novelists vocalist.



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