PSYCRENCE - A FRAIL DECEPTION (Steel Gallery Records)

 

Athens, Greece can be considered as the home of five-piece band Psycrence who was formed back in 2009. With great courage and the right attitude, they began one year later with the recording of a self-produced demo EP called “Distance”, especially the fans of the progressive genre could indulge their lusts. Also during live performances the band was highly touted… to keep a long story short, this motley group consisting out of excellent players had not missed their start. Shortly after the release of “Distance” plans were made to create a successor, a debut full-length effort, meanwhile already issued through Steel Gallery Records, you know the sub-division of the mighty Arkeyn Steel Records company.

 

Mastered by Jens Bogren (Symphony X, Opeth, Soilwork,…) and with a nice cover artwork designed by painting artist Colin Marks (Nevermore, Exodus, Jeff Loomis among others), “A Frail Deception” has literally everything on board to explicitly naming this album as a full-fledged product, ideal suited for fans of melodic Progressive Metal. When I listen to the whole album, my reference points go out to greats such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Queensryche, Fates Warning and stuff. Typical for Progressive Metal are the clear vocals, finely detailed song structures, flashy and mostly very technical guitar works, almost inexplicable drums sections technical to the bone and last but definitely not least bass lines that the ultimate pleasure merely push. That is what excellent ProgMetal is all about to me !

 

Psycrence is now five years in the running and with the release of their first full-length album “A Frail Deception” I got the intention that they are ready to start competing with the greatest Progressive Metal acts at the moment. Perhaps this statement comes across as harsh language but that’s the way I feel… no further questions !

 

Enjoy the authentic Progressive Metal vibes on first track ‘A Losing Game’ reflecting something outstanding that makes me reminisce back to the early days of this gem. The use of piano/keyboards gives me that good old feeling again but please lay an extra ear on the fantastic vocals and the loads of technical skills offered by the rest of the musicians. This first shot hit me right in the heart. For example ‘Subconcious Eyes’ and ‘Incised Path’ they walk again the todays paths of Progressive Metal where rapprochement with Power Metal and even NWOBHM flares up. That makes Psycrence so special to me, mixing old influences with contemporary Metal ! As a guitar fan myself, I got a real good time listening to ‘Reflection’… due to the 7 string guitar demonstrations and wonderful voice delivery, more than likely the most favourite song of myself. Last one ‘Hold Close To The Flame’ is a nice and easy composition with vocals quite reminiscent of Geoff Tate in days of early Queensryche. Great song anyway ! 

Awesome band probably with a great future lies ahead, they just convince me a lot and I can only recommend this album to anyone with good taste of mighty good Progressive Metal music, based US and European styled ! More info at the following links:  www.psycrence.com  www.facebook.com/psycrence   www.youtube.com/psycrence

My Points: 89 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish