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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

What's with the political dig?

So this is your basic prog metal but less prog more metal. They do have 2 singers, one guy and one girl. Pretty good as far as this goes. The main reason I'm writeing is the little political dig in the iTunes review. Was the comment about Ann Coulter really needed? NO. Did it add to the review? No. Does it have anthing to do with the music being review? No. Do I, the reader, really care that the reviewer obviously has a problem with Ann Coulter and/or conservitiveism ? No. Do I just want an honest opinion of the music being reviewed? Yes. Itunes shouldn't filter opinion if it reflects a political view point by nature (i.e. an Ann Coulter book on tape), but this is uncalled for, unwarrented, and childish. Itunes should edit reviews that iTunes places on an artists page to make sure that it actually has to do with the music, book, video, or movie being reviewed. Reviews, by iTunes users are screened for various reasons what wasn't this? We will never know.

Buy It If You Like Gammay Ray Or Other Prog Metal!!!!

These guys are pretty good they sound like gamma ray Its deffently worth 10$ and i hope they come out with more stuff SOON!

Keep politics out of reviews

I agree with the previous reviewer who was upset and/or offended by the immature criticism by putting "Ann Coulter" next to the name "succubus". Why didn't he/she put Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton? Stay focused on the music and quit trying to be funny. Keep the politics out of the music reviews. Go to MSNBC or FOX websites if you want to talk politics.

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