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Ricochet — Zarah - A Teartown Story
((Not on label) no#, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2007-03-01

Zarah - A Teartown Story Cover artGradually over the last few years, with the help of Progrock Records distribution, Ricochet is gaining word-of-mouth momentum on the prog metal scene. From the outset the Hamburg band has all the standard goods of a band ready to make an international break out. The group is lead by the powerful vocal range of Christian Heise who can belt it out with the best over the top singers and also convincingly deliver an emotive ballad (as heard on "Silent Retriever" or "Final Curtain"). Symphonic metal is clearly of the styles the quintet has also mastered with "Teartown" and "Cincinnati Road" clearly making dominant statements. The former piece is characterized by blazing guitar riffs and precision drumming. The band can also get a bit slinky with guitarist Heiko Holler at times casting the shadow of the great Michael Schenker, showing economy as well as the right placement for a shredding solo passage (as heard on "Cincinnati Road"). The epic track "A New Day Rising" indicates good song craft and pacing for a multi-theme song in an approach informed by Dark Side of the Moon. The group has done well to shed their influences such as Dream Theater and Marillion to derive a hybrid identity that is all their own.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

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