|Review: Helangar - [kwIn'tes sens]|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: April 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
Third release from German act Helangar, [kwIn'tes sens] is the work of brothers Florian and Johannes Fub. Going through line-up changes over the years, the guys decided that it was time to take care of business themselves. They built their own studio and started recording new material . The result can be heard on this brand new CD. I believe the brothers did the right thing, since this album not only sounds good, but is also a refreshing piece of original music.
[kwIn'tes sens] is not too calm or heavy, not of the overtly complex or weird style either, but maintains the listener alert, due to frequent twists and turns, while staying melodic along the road. The guitar work is the leading instrument on this album, giving the tonus and vivid colors to the compositions. May it be in the heavier moments, the progressive time signatures or in the nicely melodic clean arpeggios, the guitar just keeps you entertained. This is even more the case when the guys use some echo and/or varied effects, giving the songs a pretty cool psychedelic edge. A bit of samples here, a touch of keyboards there, and hints of experimentation too, complete the progressive/avant-gardist environment created on [kwIn'tes sens]. My vote goes to these great numbers: "Nichts" and "Spiritual Amputation".
This is a release done without any restrictions from a label, manager or producer, so the outcome is just plain good and creative music. Tasty!
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