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Another Life - Memories From Nothing (CD)

Another Life
Memories From Nothing
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 01 December 2008, 8:47 AM

One more album from Vic Records that seems to take the whole thing seriously, since bands like PAGANIZER, ANOTHER LIFE, THIS HAVEN and MEMORY GARDEN among others have signed to this label and are releasing their brand new albums. The Dutch label has been doing some great work lately, and that's something that made me believe that ANOTHER LIFE was going to be a pleasant surprise for me. And indeed it was!

Formed in 2003 (if I am not mistaken), ANOTHER LIFE is the brainchild of RIBSPREADER and ex-PAGANIZER guitarist Andreas Karlsson. After two demos in 2003 and 2004, the one man band finally managed to earn a contract and release its debut full-length album, an album that probably owes much to the high and mighty Dan Swano who has done a lot of work in here.

Let's start with the basic stuff, which means what this band's one and only mind has done. Karlsson has crafted a really beautiful Progressive Metal album with a dark vibe surrounding each note, giving the music a kind of NIGHTINGALE meets OPETH tone. Adding some slight Heavy Metal touches, the Swedish artist shows that despite his extreme past (and present) he can lay down his more melodic thoughts and create something that can be pretty good. The album has been enforced with the production that Mr. Swano took care of. But Swano's magic fingers did not only touch the console, since he is the one behind the keyboards in this album, too.

So, enough with the good stuff. Let's get to the negative points of this album. I guess that Karlsson can write some kick ass music, and I said above he proves it here for one more time and in a different way from what he used to do. He also proves that even by himself he can control the structure and moves of a band. What he hasn't worked as much as he should in my humble opinion is the vocals section, since his voice sounds weak. His vocal melodies are really flat and he is far from what you could characterize as colorful. So, I guess that I have to be fair in my rating since this is only a debut release and the most important stuff are yet to come. So, let's put our trust in him and hope for some even more beautiful works in the future.

3 Star Rating

Falling Apart
The End Of Days
The Last Goodbye
Firstborn Unicorn
Cotton Pines
I Am Nothing
The Everflow
Andreas Karlsson - Vocals, Guitar, Bass

Guest Musician:
Dan Swano - Drums, Keyboards
Record Label: Vic Records


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