Timescape - _Two Worlds_
(Independent, 1998)
by: Brian Meloon (6 out of 10)
Timescape are a progressive metal band from Sweden, and this is their first full-length effort. It includes revocalized versions of the three songs that were on their promo [CoC #12]. They have a new singer this time around, and he's not very good. It's not that he has a bad voice, but I don't think he knows how to use it properly. At his best, he reminds me of the guy from Damn the Machine. At his worst, he sings over-expressively, and adds superfluous high notes that he doesn't hit cleanly. Otherwise, the music is good. They have a light progrock/metal sound, similar to Dream Theater, but different in their own way. The songs lie in the middle ground between strophic, riff-oriented songs and thoroughly-composed, development-oriented songs. The songwriting is good, as it takes a few listens to really feel comfortable with the songs, and yet they have some easily memorable parts. Two of the new songs are decidedly more laid back than their previous ones, and the other two are in the same vein as before, but perhaps a little more experimental. The playing is still very good, and the production is excellent. This should appeal to fans of light progmetal willing to overlook an immature vocalist.

Contact: Timescape, c/o Johan Berlin

(article published 7/6/1998)

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