CREATION'S END - METAPHYSICAL (Pure Steel Records)
Pure Steel Records is building credit by releasing albums that are one by one highlights! They must have outstanding talent scouts that are capable to deliver new bands and albums to add to their roster and catalogue. One of the biggest newcomers is Creation’s End from the USA, but albeit a new band in name, the members of Creation’s End are not just beginners. First of all, we have a monstrous shredder named Marco Sfogli who played on the solo album of James Labrie, but also in Mullmuzzler and Nathan Frost. On Bass we find Joe Black (ex-Zandelle) and Chris Caffery (T.S.O. and Savatage) and last but not least, Mike DiMeo stands behind the microphone and if you call yourself a headbanger, you should know that Mike was vocalist in bands like Masterplan and Riot! Big names doesn’t result always in quality, but this time, things are different! Creation’s End recorded already a debut album in 2010 (‘A New Beginning’) which was released by Sensory Records, but the successor will be released by Pure Steel Records.
‘Ohm’ is a nice opener, an intro, that guides us into a very bombastic track called ‘The Chosen None’. Some DGM influences, a little Fates Warning, but above all a fantastic arrangement with a chorus line that lingers on for hours. A little choirs in the background, escort the throat of Mike, while the guitars are really heavy mixed. This is music that you have to listen to with headphones on, as there is so much happening. There is a layer of melody that is only a key to the soundscape that is presented by really skilled musicians! Creation’s End surpassed my expectations during the first 5 minutes immediately. Flashing guitar solos by Marco, dueling with Rudy Albert (keyboard) and a rhythm section that continue a deadly playground.
Some songs have a very unique approach and add uncommon and unusual elements, but that’s perhaps the gem in the whole thing. These little extra’s create material that will stand the test of time! This is limitless, timeless and perhaps almost unseen before! ‘All I Have’ takes almost 8 minutes and is a rollercoaster of twists and turns. The back ground vocals create a bombastic element in the music and once the guitars start riffing, it all encourages the energy and enthusiasm that this band is holding!
I’m going to listen to this record for several weeks and I have a slight premonition that ‘Metaphysical’ is going to end up high in my personal top 10 of 2014! As all tracks on this second album of Creation’s End are very progressive with excellent arrangements, we can’t deny that the vocals of Mike lift the songs to heights! Fans of Symphony X, Dream Theater and Fates Warning be prepared, as Creation’s End is an unbridled beauty! https://www.facebook.com/creationsend
My rating: 92 / 100
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