|Review: Future is Tomorrow - Fit to Die (Part 1)|
|Fit to Die (Part 1)|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: September 25, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Fit to Die (Part 1)
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)
Future is Tomorrow is a Progressive Power Metal band from Italy, and Fit to Die (Part 1) is their self-released debut album. As a unit, this quintet possesses the qualities that you look for in a band in the genre. First the musicianship, they know how to handle their respective instruments, especially the guitars and for me the most glaring evidence of that is the length of their instrumental sections of the songs. Second the songwriting quality, the songs have a lot of stuff attached to them (especially the cool chants), clearly the band spent a lot of time creating them. Songs like "All for You (Dies Irae)", "Save Us, Soul of Mery (Rex Tremendae) and "Awakening of the Ghosts" show that the band is capable of writing good songs. Third, the production is amazing considering that this is an independent album, the sound is crystal clear as you can listen to every note perfectly.
While this is a talented band, they have a couple of flaws that make this album shy of greatness, starting with their singer. Technically he is good enough, even though he is sometimes off key. The reason that I consider him a liability is that his accent is really noticeable, enough to distract you from the music. The keyboards provide a nice atmosphere to the songs but for the most part, I found them completely unnecessary. Finally yet importantly, the pace in which Fit to Die (Part 1) is played – it is mostly mid-paced, I would have preferred the songs to be a bit faster.
At the end of the day, this album is a calculated effort and the content of the record is not groundbreaking in any way. However it is well played and any fan of the Power Progressive genre (especially Dream Theater fans) will surely enjoy it. Future is Tomorrow is a band on my watch list and hopefully they'll continue to improve because I can see them making a great album in the near future.
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