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3
THE END IS BEGUN
January 2009
Released: 2008, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Mr. Rock

Prog-metal is one of those interesting beasts that seems to divide metalheads into two groups - either you get it or you don’t. For some, it’s over the top, technical showboating, but for those who get it, it’s a showcase for outstanding musicianship and creativity. For the band 3, whose fifth album is now out through Metal Blade, THE END IS BEGUN is truly a showcase of their talent. This album is ethereal, moody, spacey, and very atmospheric, centering around vocalist/guitarist Joey Eppard’s great voice, which is reminiscent of Neil Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard). Think Gabriel-era Genesis mixed with Pink Floyd, and a touch of Dream Theater thrown in for good measure



Kicking off with the cool and classy “The World Is Born Of Flame”, which is followed by the similarly impressive title track, the first half of the album is a little more technical, with intricate, highly precise guitar work. Both of the songs feature wonderful interplay between Eppard and guitarist Billy Riker, and the combination of metal with flamenco guitar (don’t worry; there are no ‘flamenco’ songs here - the instrument simply adds depth to the songs) shows how interesting 3 are when it comes to writing memorable, original material. “All That Remains” is one of the catchiest songs that I’ve heard in long time, while “Live Entertainment” would be an excellent choice for single/video, as it borders on almost mainstream. It’s the type of song that could find the band a larger audience, without them selling out. “Diamond In The Crush” adds a little more dirty guitar work to the mix; kinda metallic, a little grungy, the song shows yet another side of this complex and talented band.



The special edition version includes a very cool cover of Pink Floyd’s “See Emily Play”, and a DVD featuring 3 (get it?) live performances and two videos. Add to that excellent artwork and great packaging, and you’ve got yourself a great disc.



Perfectly executed, nicely paced, and well produced, THE END IS BEGUN just might see 3 move up to 1.



GEMS: “Live Entertainment”, “Diamond In The Crush”, “See Emily Play”, “The World Is Born Of Flame”, “The End Is Begun”, “All That Remains”
Track Listing

1. "The Word Is Born of Flame" - 3:25
2. "The End Is Begun" - 3:42
3. "Battle Cry" - 4:03
4. "All That Remains" - 3:54
5. "My Divided Falling" - 3:51
6. "Serpents in Disguise" - 3:24
7. "Been to the Future" - 4:21
8. "Bleeding Me Home" - 3:47
9. "Live Entertainment" - 3:27
10. "Diamond in the Crush" - 3:41
11. "Shadow Play" - 4:07
12. "These Iron Bones" - 4:09
13. "The Last Day" (with Jerry Marotta) - 7:51

Lineup

Joey Eppard - vocals / guitar
Billy Riker - guitar
Daniel Grimsland - bass
Joe Stote - percussion / keys
Chris "Gartdrumm" Gartmann - drums

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» Judas Priest, live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland 3rd of March 2005

» Steve Vai Live In Vancouver: April 23rd, 2005

» Deicide / Immolation / Skinless / Despised Icon / With Passion: Live In Vancouver June 13, 2005

» Hammerfall and Gamma Ray Oct.13, 1997

» Nevermore at Jaxx, July 3, 1999

» Overkill, Live at JAXX, October 30, 1999

» Therion / Soulscar Live In Vancouver: August 31, 2005

» Apocalyptica & Eyes of Fire Live In Vancouver: September 23, 2005

» Arch Enemy, Chimaira, God Forbid, Hate Eternal Live In Vancouver: April 13, 2006

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» Pegazus - Sydney Australia, January 2003

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» Amon Amarth / Himsa / Sonic Syndicate - Live in NYC: 12/3/07

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» Judas Priest - Icehall, Helsinki on June 3rd 2008

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