|Review: October Thorns - Demo|
Year released: 2000
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: August 19, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
I always have a hard time getting into a progressive metal album, sometimes I just don't dig them at all. It only took me a couple of listens to start liking October Thorns' self-titled demo, which is a good sign :). Made up of six songs totaling almost 33 minutes, this demo truly delivers, showing the band's abilities through a good selection of songs, with a more than adequate production. Vocalist Paul LaPlaca has 15 years experience and it shows, his vocal performance being well adapted to the music, just flowing along with it rather than burying it (or be buried by it), I had seen comments to the effect that he had a great voice, and I can assure you that it is 100% true.
I'd describe October Thorns' music as "relaxing metal", as the songs are not too speedy nor too heavy, probably just enough to pick the interest of non-metal fans, while grabbing the attention of most metalheads. This executed by very competent musicians. I don't think I've ever given a progressive metal CD that many spins, and, hell, a couple of those guys have Rage Against The Machine listed in their favorite bands, and I didn't destroy them in this review, that says A LOT, believe me :)! I think this is definitely a band that has the potential to go far, so be sure to check them out.
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