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Twice Second

Symphorce

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Album Review

The fourth album by Symphorce, 2004's Twice Second, is the culmination of ideas first explored in the German quintet's previous releases. Unlike the majority of their countrymen working in this style, Symphorce have little interest in Scandinavian style death metal; instead, their clear antecedents are Queensrÿche's progressive tendencies and Iron Maiden's skill at adding the occasional pop hook into their music without ever coming even close to Def Leppard-style cheese. These 11 tunes are relatively concise and free of prog rock noodling, but nearly all of them have the suite-like, multi-part structures and whiplash tempo and time signature changes that are the hallmark of progressive metal. While singer Andy B. Franck occasionally has a tendency to lapse into bombastic bellowing, as on the pummeling "Whatever Hate Provides," he's normally an impressively restrained and natural singer, a rarity in this form of metal. A solid and varied album with much to please even old-school metal fans put off by the punky roar of the death metal merchants, Twice Second portends even better things to come.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Hamburg, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Symphorce is a heavy metal band from Hamburg, Germany, which, though often lumped into the power metal category, actually offers much more than that subgenre's standard blueprint, via more progressive and extreme metal elements. Formed in 1998 by workaholic singer Andy B. Franck (previously with prog-rockers Ivanhoe and concurrently the frontman for more traditional power metal band Brainstorm), Symphorce made their mark with a string of impressive LPs for Noise Records: 1999's Truth to Promises,...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 27 January 2004

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