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Athena — Inside, the Moon
(Pick Up PK 1907, 1995, CD)
by Mike Grimes, Published 1996-03-01
I remember the first time I heard Dream Theater. I thought, "I bet a lot of bands will go for this type of sound in the future." Just when I was beginning to think I was wrong, Athena has saved face for me and proven me right at least for one band. While not a clone of that band, Athena shares many qualities that make them easy to compare: the multi-part songs with several different parts, changing time signatures, zhhhng-zhhhng-zhhhng heavy metal guitar, pounding double bass rhythms, super fast unison parts, saw wave keyboard solos, the long instrumental breaks between vocal sections, abrupt endings... Well, maybe they are a clone of Dream Theater after all... but they can't be written off as just that however. These guys can really play. The accented part in "Wind of Illusion," the cool piano intro on "Deserts," and the harp closing out the title track are just a few of the groovy touches on a good progressive metal album. Vocalist Alessio Mosti comes from the Geoff Tate / Bruce Dickinson school of hard rock vocals and fits in well with the rest of the band. Everything about the album is pretty solid. If you like harder edged progressive rock like, say... Dream Theater, you'll be in heaven here.
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