Monday, August 26, 2013
OPPOSING MOTION: "Laws Of Motion"
Label: Lion Music 2013
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
I'm afraid that "Laws Of Motion" has been way too long in the ever-growing folder of "albums to review", so a review is long overdue. Let's get to it...
This Birmingham (UK)-based band is signed to Lion Music, so it comes as no surprise that their music is progressive metal. So you'll get plenty of long, complex songs with virtuoso playing... not exactly my cup of tea, but I do hear a lot of promise. Take the first real track "Forever's Edge" for example - somehow the band's way of working with melodies reminds me a lot of latter-day Lillian Axe mixed with Kamelot. It's not the first song only, both of those comparisons pop up on the other songs as well. Not a bad thing at all, especially when the band does have a style of their own, the influences are subtle and possibly coincidental. I wouldn't be surprised if they hadn't even heard of Lillian Axe.
What else? Well, Vocalist Ludo Desa has a fine voice, too bad it's somewhat buried in the mix. Despite there being no keyboard player in the band, the keys are featured heavily, and add a lot of nice textures to the songs.
Should the band find an extra dose of memorable melodies to their next batch of songs, who knows where they can go.