|Turrigenous - The Dream And The Resonance Live [Live]
14 March 2011
01. Emptiness, Darkness, Acceptance
02. The Mystery Of Light
03. The Sobering Daylight
04. The Decent
06. Wake To An Argument
08. The Episphere
09. Persephone Part 1: Summer Diminished
10. Persephone Part 2: Winter Bloom
11. For The Neverborn
12. Penance (Epilogue)
You know you spend too much time lurking around this site if you still remember that faithful day in 2k9 when I had a shot at reviewing Turrigenous' 2008 EP A Slight Amplification. Unlike the EP, the review wasn't worth anyone's time, as it garnered zero comments... Probably because back then we were still paid in free CD's instead of the two-monthly bucket of coke now...
*clears throat awkwardly*
Anywaaay, Turrigenous. The New York-based progressive-minded heavy metal outfit is back with some new material. Spanning over 80 minutes of metal sweetness to satisfy those hungry ears. Ears meet Turrigenous, Turrigenous meet ears... Now go get a room. For the occasion the album is recorded live and in one take. Because these guys are cool like that.
Without blowing the surprise, the Turrigenous sound can be described best as calm Dream Theater-like passages intertwined with more thrash-laden breaks. To sum up, truly rock solid stuff by a band who sound like they've been around the block a time or two.
So why should you take my advice and listen to this album? Well, for one, unlike with all the other wicked/depraved shit I recommended you in the past few months, this time the insides of your earphones won't be drenched in blood. What is more, the album pretty much got everything: all kinds of memorable passages and catchy hooks, raw straightforwardness, chilling moments, impressive guitar play (wankery-free guaranteed!), soothing ballads, headbanging-inducing grooves... Y'know, the metal-with-balls kind of metal. Throw in a tree and a fat guy and you pretty much got Christmas.
Due to its considerable length, the album tends to drag on and on at a few points. But the band has pulled out all the stops to make this listening session a worthwhile and by times even relaxing experience. So shut up*, sit back and let Turrigenous take care of the rest.
* Please don't. I can't take another virginal review with zero comments.