|Review: Neverland - Schizophrenia|
Label: Escape Music
Year released: 2007
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: April 15, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)
Not to be confused with Greek metallers Neverland (comprised of Dreamtone and female vocalist Iris Mavraki), this sextet, who also play melodic Prog-Power, are your typically well-defined outfit that have the obvious chops to make this style their own by rehashing everything you know and love about bands like Dream Theater, Redemption, Vision Divine, and a number of Power Metal acts that jut and jive with a neo-classical flair. For fans of the genre, Schizophrenia is a jam-packed delight with plenty of interesting changes, classy arrangements, and cool riffs that recall the best but push little beyond. The percussion section is mainly stuck on a Power Metal double kick and the vocals of Jean-Marc Viller have all the makings of a future Malmsteen frontman.
The production is professional, with a good bite that stops it becoming too polished, and songs like "When Darkness Falls" and the keyboard-led "Take My Advice" are worth checking out if you want a taster of what Neverland can do, but there's nothing even slightly innovative here, which I guess is the point. Not quite ready for the big leagues, but enough to make a cursory listener intrigued.
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