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   TIME REQUIEM
Time Requiem
2002
Regain Records
http://www.anderssonmusic.com


rating: 4/5

1. Time Requiem
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Time Requiem are a Swedish band led and formed by keyboard virtuoso Rickard Andersson whom we may remember from the neoclassical melodic metal act Majestic. Time Requiem seems like an improved version of Majestic, which I think is quite understandable. Actually the line-up consists of four members from Majestic's last "Trinity Overture" album and luckily the great singer, Apollo Papathanasio, is included. So, those of you already familiar with Majestic will probably know what to expect, but allow me to dig a little deeper.

The music is, as expected, razor sharp neoclassical, technical and at times a little progressive melodic metal. Andersson's use of keyboards has a leading role and the guitars back it up with some nice riffing and fingertwisting-fast shredding, but as said, the keyboard is the one in charge. Although at some point it feels like they're reaching out for the gates of pointlessness and knocking on the door of extremity with all the shredding, they have created enough catchy melodies to keep the package in balance and not going overboard with just showcasing the flexibility of their fingers.

While this might be considered as a school book of "keyboard wizardry for those into neoclassical stuff", one can't avoid a comparison to Time Requiem's countryman Yngwie Malmsteen and especially his "Seventh Sign" album which keeps on popping into my mind quite often while listening to this album. Some melodies somewhat remind me of that and Apollo's voice is not too far from that of Mike Vescera's. But regardless of the similarities, the difficulty level of this album goes through the roof when technical wizardry is concernced and especially when compared to Yngwie, Time Requiem is far more progressive.

The song material is mostly very fast, with some slower ones, keyboard driven, slightly Yngwie-ish, neoclassical metal with hooks that may not necessarily be found on the first listen, a crystal clear soundwall and some catchy melodies.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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