The Ereyn Chronicles, Part 1 - The Journey of Beginnings
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||Welcome to Ereyn||Anthropia||2:35||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Question of Honor||Anthropia||6:41||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Lords of a World||Anthropia||6:34||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Through the Sleeping Seaweed||Anthropia||8:18||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Forgotten||Anthropia||8:58||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Lion-Snake||Anthropia||5:29||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Where the Secrets Lie||Anthropia||8:44||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||The Walk Among the Ruins||Anthropia||1:10||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||In the Maze of a Nightmare||Anthropia||9:35||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||The Desert of Jewels||Anthropia||10:10||Album Only||View In iTunes|
The Nirvana/Pearl Jam/grunge/alternative rock upheaval of the early '90s didn't obliterate all types of '70s and '80s rock, but it did marginalize many of them in a big way. And if you were the sort of progressive metal artist who enjoyed writing about dwarves, fairies, dragons and pixies, your lyrics became very anachronistic in a world where alternative rock reigned supreme. But anachronistic or not, fantasy-based prog metal never disappeared; it flew under the radar but maintained a cult following well into the 2000s (especially in Europe), and fantasy is definitely the name of the game on Anthropia's science fiction-drenched The Ereyn Chronicles, Part 1: The Journey of Beginnings. Lyrically, this very conceptual effort is as stereotypical as it gets; blacksmith dwarves, nymphs, a succubus (no, her name isn't Ann Coulter), dragons and a talking horse are among the characters who appear in this epic tale. And not only is this French prog metal act oblivious to alt-rock lyrically; they are oblivious to it musically as well. The influences on The Ereyn Chronicles, Part 1 range from Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Manowar and Yngwie Malmsteen to Rush, Yes, Kansas, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and there are Euro-classical overtones as well. No listeners will actually relate to the lyrics; again, Anthropia are — like so many '70s and '80s bands — selling pure fantasy and total escapism, and they are good at what they do. This is a likable, generally well-crafted disc — a bit uneven, but well done for the most part. And while music this fantasy-based and sci-fi-minded is not everyone's cup of tea, The Ereyn Chronicles, Part 1: The Journey of Beginnings is worth hearing if one is a die-hard prog metal enthusiast in search of pure, unadulterated escapism.