The Thinking Principle - _Slowly Forming Sanity_
by: Kostas Sarampalis (4 out of 5)
Experimental progressive metal with a nod to yesteryears, offer the four English lads from Lowestoft. Their second demo contains three very well produced songs that flow smoothly in the course of thirteen minutes. "A Nihilistic" sounds like very early Dream Theater; "Invisible Wound" reminds me of Aurora's amazing _Eos_ sans the harsh vocals, especially the song's introduction. "Recording Into Memory" begins with a Linkin Park like soft guitar and continues with more Dream Theater touches and an interplay between heavy and mellow guitars.

It is not often that a demo excites me and fills me with expectation for a debut release, but _Slowly Forming Sanity_ shows strong signs of talent in its short running length. It is not without any reason for criticism though. The vocals do need some work: the hue and range is very good, at least for a demo, but the vocal melody some times does not follow the music very well and they can sound a bit out of place. Some shrill screams could have been omitted as well. This is a minor complain though, in an otherwise great demo.


(article published 24/2/2007)

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