Torman Maxt - _The Foolishness of God_
(Mars Hill, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
The first time I spun Torman Maxt's second offering, _The Foolishness of God_, I couldn't help but feel uncomfortable at the eerie cleanliness of the sound and ideas. The harmonious progressive vocals and technical know-how, not to mention the Christian views and ideals expressed within, had me a little perplexed at what was going on with Torman Maxt. But after a few more spins, their creativity started to show some light. No, I wasn't converting my faith (I'm not religious at all), rather taking in their sounds and ideas and understanding what talent these guys have. Musically, the trio's music is enormously rich in texture, twelve songs broken up into four sections/acts that all seem to mold into one. The religious themes are a bit heavy at times, but the continuous evolution of the music as the album goes along allows the average, not religious listener, to get something rewarding out of this. Not for everyone, but I'm sure progressive metal fans have heard the name discussed within their ranks and have at least sampled some of their work. Torman Maxt does showcase a wondrous world of tranquilness, understanding and complexity all rolled into one. I liked this album quite a bit, so I'm already in the process of tracking down their much talked about first album _Just Talking About the Universe... So Far_.


(article published 14/1/2002)

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