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Scenes — Call Us Now at the Number You Provide
(Escapi Music AUD009X, 2005, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01Swedish prog metal protagonists Scenes are not a well known commodity on the international scene yet but they are making substantial inroads in that direction with this first label release. The platform for any successful prog metal act is rooted in a rock solid foundation based partly on Metallica or Dream Theater like riffing, classic Deep Purple/Uriah Heep/Queensryche influences and something unique and all their own. “My Own Life” personifies best what the band does well: synchronized riffing from twin axe-grinders Chris Lorey and Matthias Gamer and well-crafted, under-control vocalizing from able front man Alex Koch. Koch is a good fit for the band as he stays within song structures, not venturing far from the needs of a specific piece. The two longest, most involved compositions are “Start Again” and “Nothing Left to Say.” The former piece begins with a well mixed synthesizer introduction that blends into a solid piece of group interplay also featuring acoustic piano and an acoustic guitar midsection. The latter track is a blazing piece of metal offset by well fitting organ stabs and percussion and more excellent performances. No metal record would be truly complete without a tricky piece of rock and roll, which is manifested in “You Walk Away,” which would be a certain hit for fans of Dream Theater and Queensryche. Production values and sound mixing by Tommy Newton is exemplary making the disc a real winner across the boards.
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