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| ||Seventh Wonder Tiara|
Tiara is Seventh Wonder's attempt to further fine-tune their prog-power metal style, and the results are once again pleasing. Where each of the band's previous albums bathed in more than a handful of grandiose extravagances, this feels a bit more collected in an attempt to be more tactful. It doesn't always pan out, especially when taking each track individually, but as a whole, Tiara holds itself together without descending into something overblown or, conversely, unenthusiastic.
| ||Fractal Gates The Light That Shines|
Ideal for fans of the small, relatively recent boom of cosmic metal a la Enshine and Scar Symmetry. Fundamentally, it's by-the-books melodic death metal with no trick up its sleeve other than its decorative veneer.
| ||Omnium Gatherum The Burning Cold|
Notice how the album art appears more colorful than previous Omnium Gatherum albums? That's not an accident. While this is still by-the-numbers melodic death metal, there's a distinct infusion of traditional, catchy rock tunes present. This edges OG even closer to the catchy end of the spectrum they achieved so well on Beyond, but whether that makes The Burning Cold an album worth sitting through from start to finish is a different matter.
| ||Disillusion Alea|
Prime example of how to handle a slow-building prog track. The structure feels sprawling while losing neither sight nor direction, with a nice ebb and flow. Now, if only this EP were more than one track...and if only this band would manage to get another LP out already.
| ||Shylmagoghnar Transience|
Unapologetically grand and desperately immaculate, Transience spares no expense in its long-winded attempt to send you on a journey that begs time, patience and imagination. Overwhelming? Absolutely, but how often do we get albums this large in scale that also warrant serious, contemplative thought while listening?
| ||Distant Dream Your Own Story|
Even more relaxed than its predecessor, Your Own Story favors the general mood and sound of post metal without completely subjecting itself to the genre's tendencies. Basically a collection of bedtime lullabies for rock and metal fans.
| ||Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down|
Take present day Insomnium, add some girth and match that with fewer catchy hooks. Since the Day It All Came Down has some genuinely compelling moments that are held back by the prolonged stay that similarly plagued its predecessor. This, thankfully, holds up better and helps foster a healthy soil for the band's core sound.
|teamster I have been jamming Sundran a lot recently. Gets better with each play through. Upped to a 4.5|
|Toondude10 I know I'm throwing a bunch of recs toward you but here's another you I think you'll like, just for good measure :-) https://www.goldenmp3.ru/ignea/the-sign-of-faith|
|Jom You should be all set. It looks like you changed your e-mail recently and never got the confirmation e-mail. Thanks for letting me know!|
|ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.|
|Dedes Not a problem but as a contrib I expect you to keep up on all and anything Katatonia ;)|