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When Time Fades... reviews

Discussion in 'Suspyre' started by usaprogmusic, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. usaprogmusic

    usaprogmusic ProgPowerGRRL

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    This is the thread where all reviews for Suspyre's new album, "When Time Fades..." should be posted. thanks!
     
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    voodoo A little left of heaven

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    I expect nothing but 10 outta 10!!
     
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    ich bin besser Guy with no opinion

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    http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3455
     
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    usaprogmusic ProgPowerGRRL

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    From ectomag.com:


    Wednesday, 24 September 2008 05:08
    Suspyre
    When Time Fades
    Sensory Records
    5.0


    There are bands that are considered Progressive Metal and then there is Suspyre. Their new album takes the genre of Progressive Metal to places that I never knew existed. You could spend weeks, months even days getting lost in the intricate layers of overlapping soundssynth and strings. Celtic and Spanish style folk melodies are draped over 80's styled hip hop drum beats. Only to be crushed by waves of seductive guitars before being ripped apart by layers of searing vox . When Time Fades takes influence from everything from folk to hip hop and beyond, but its done in a way that creates a sound that is distinctly Suspyre. Everything is done to enhance the over all sound. The way Suspyre has managed to blend so many powerful elements without over whelming you is brilliant. The light dusting of operatic vox in Lighted Endryme and Siren are absolutely divine. There is a power in the restraint used in the song. When your working with elements as strong as the folks the make up Suspyre it can be so easy to go over the top with it and just let them blow the entire song out, but by holding back a bit it makes the song and the vocals behind it even more powerful. Leaving your ears in a constant state of anticipation because you know there is so much more that can be done there and you're not sure where the music is going to take you. The same can be said of the use of strings,synths, horns and vocal effects. Suspyre gives you just enough to perk up the ears and draw you in. And before you know it your sucked into a world of vibrant color, crushing misery, waves of hope and dramatic melody. Fucking Kudos!
     
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    voodoo A little left of heaven

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    Damn fine words, they are!
    Although I'm not sure I hear any hip-hop influences....
     
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    voodoo A little left of heaven

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    I will be posting my full review at Living for Metal tonight but I just wanted to add a small bit of what I have written.....

    After listening to When Time Fades… quite often over the past 10 days or so it is quite clear that Suspyre is not a band for the faint of heart, or for those put off by tricky patterns and rhythms. This is a progressive band, after all. But at the same time they are a metal band with influences from both the jazz world, from classical composers and the usual metal suspects. With a lesser band it would be very easy to fall victim to those various sources of influence and release a chaotic, unrefined mess of an album. However, Suspyre corrals them all and delivers a focused, coherent package. Both the songwriting and the performance are masterful. When Time Fades… is not to be overlooked, and if I were to make any comparisons for anyone not familiar, look no further than Dream Theater and Symphony X. Kind of cliché to use those 2 bands, I know, but it works.
     
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    very nice review, thanks Patrick for coming out of "retirement" for that one :)
     
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    So far on rateyourmusic.com suspyre's When Time Fades... has 4.46/5 from 13 ratings, which on that site is very good, although I expect it to go down when the metal haters there find it. Here's a praising review on RYM:
    http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/suspyre/when_time_fades___/
     
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    Hey everyone!

    I figured that I would add my review to this list as well. Here's the link to the full review--and a little excerpt below.

    http://www.progressivemelodies.com/2008/10/suspyre-when-time-fades-review.html

    As always, Suspyre offers some of the best and most complex instrumentation of any modern progressive metal band. Gregg Rossetti is an instrumental genius, constantly offering up new surprises. While mainly handling the guitars alongside Rich Skibinsky, he also picks up the fretless bass, Chapman Stick (a personal favorite of mine), the saxophone, and so on. The guy knows how to play, but he also knows how to create complexity that remains incredibly listenable. This is largely due to the aforementioned influences of other musical styles. After a furiously fast passage of metal guitar, as on the third track, "Lighted Endrhyme," the listener is presented with a classically influenced symphonic passage. After that, the song switches back and forth between brand new guitar-driven passages, the vocal verses, and a softer midsection with some great jazzy guitar fills. There's truly a lot to hear in these songs, and despite the frequency of the changes, the songs never feel disjointed or unfocused.
     
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    Here is a review in German from http://www.prog-rock.info/neuecd-kritiken.htm (Maybe ich_bin_besser can help us translate ..haha):

    Suspyre - When Time Fades ...

    Obwohl 'When Time Fades ...' schon die dritte CD der Prog-Metal-Band aus New Jersey ist, habe ich von denen aber noch gar nie was gehört. Und das ist wirklich sehr schade. Und nach mehrfachem Hören von 'Whe Time Fades ...' werde ich mich sicher auch noch um die Vorgänger-Alben kümmern. Größten Einfluss auf die Band hat sicher 'Symphony X' gehabt, denn schon der Opener 'Possession / The Negative' könnte locker auf einer S-X-Scheibe bestehen. Und das liegt nicht nur alleine an der Stimmer von Sänger Clay Barton, der aber sowas von nach Russel Allen klingt ... der könnte stimmlich echt sein Zwillingsbruder sein. Nein, auch die Songs gehen voll in die Richtung. Fetter Prog-Metal, zwischendurch ein paar kurze klassische Parts und dann gleich wieder mit einem Gitarren-Gewitter voll auf die Zwölf. Auch die ganzen Song-Strukturen sind sehr ähnlich zu Symphony X, ohne jedoch eine 1:1 - Kopie zu sein. Dafür sind 'Suspyre' dann doch wieder zu eigenständig. Enzelne Songs herauszuheben würde dem Album eigentlich nicht gerecht werden. Doch die 2 Longsongs (jeweils mit über 10 bzw. 11 Minuten) möchte ich doch besonders erwähnen. Da wäre zuerst 'Siren (One Last Breath)', der ganz sanft und locker beginnt (zuckersüßer Gesang, nette Flöten im Hintergrund, nach 2 Minuten wird's ein bißchen schneller, dann eine kleine orchestrale Einlage, nach 3 Minuten setzten dann die ersten fetten Gitarren ein, dann ein Refrain, der nicht mehr aus dem Kopf geht (grad hier ist das ja nur Symphony X), dann ein bißchen Gefrickel, ein paar Breaks ... besser geht's kaum. Und dann noch 'Let Freedom Ring (The Heart Of It All)', ein weiterer Prog-Metal-Knaller mit überraschenden Wendungen.

    Fazit: 'When Time Fades ...' ist eine der besten Prog-Metal-CDs, die ich in den letzten Jahren gehört habe. Ich bin restlos begeistert und kann nur empfehlen, sich die Scheibe zu besorgen. Eindeutig ein Anwärter auf meine Jahres Top-10. Allerdings müsst Ihr bis zur Veröffentlichung noch bis zum 14.11.2008 warten ... aber das Warten wird auf jeden Fall belohnt. Den Veröffentlichungs-Tag gleich mal im Kalender notieren!! Das Cover wurde übrigens von Gustavo Sazes gestaltet, der auch schon für Firewind und Mystic Prophecy gearbeitet hat.
     
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    ich bin besser Guy with no opinion

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    Wow, I didn't even know that site.

    A short summary of what he wrote:
    "When Time Fades" was his first CD from Suspyre - a fact he regrets now! The band's biggest influence obviously is Symphony X. The opening track could easily pass with flying on a SX CD. Even Clay sounds a lot like Russel Allen. Fat prog metal, with a few short classical parts, followed by guitar thunderstorms. The song structures are also comparable to SX, but without being a 1:1 copy.
    Picking out single songs wouldn't do the album justice. But he points out the 2 longtracks and shortly describes their structure.
    "When Time Fades" is one of the best prog metal CD's he's heard in the last years and it should be in his top 10 of 2008.
    At the end, he mentions the release date (November 14th) and the cover artist.
     
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    Thank you for the synopsis...greatly appreciated.
     
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    ich bin besser Guy with no opinion

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    Okay, in return you could tell something more about ProgPower. What about your gig? Did you guys enjoy it? Any problems? Any comments on the song choice? Stuff like that. ;)
     

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