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Votum – Metafiction: Impression

Another CD I received from the kind folks from Earsplit was Votum’s latest release, Metafiction. It was distributed through Armoury records late last year. The band draws influences from the Polish neighbours, Riverside, as well as other progressive bands like Dream Theater and Opeth. The album gives a wide range of heaviness, ranging from ambient to rock to metal. But at all times, it remains certain of its progressive nature.

Being an avid prog fan, I found this album enjoyable but insignificant in the progressive scene. The upfront, riff-heavy sections were standard regarding ingenuity and technicality, while the ambient areas often lacked the subtle substance which is a key element to atmospheric music. That being said, it is not at all a bad album. Everything is done at a decent level, but not much more. If I was introducing a new listener to progressive (metal) music, this would not be the place to start.

My Impression: B 

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