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All Too Human
Entropy
September 2002
Released: 2002, Nightmare Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

There is metal for almost any mood. I listen to metal most of the time because within such a big genre I can find most anything I want. I have a wide-ranging taste when it comes to metal and the genre is sufficiently diverse to allow me to indulge those tastes. When I was recently looking for a bit of prog I popped on this CD by American band All Too Human. I will admit that it didn’t click at first. It was good but just didn’t scream to be played over and over. Well as fate would have it I was put in the situation of having only this CD at work and with no boss to be seen, I was going to play some metal whether my co workers liked it or not. What I discovered is that ENTROPY is a damn good CD. All Too Human was formed in 1998 and released their self financed CD FOREVER AND A DAY. After some great reviews the band had a lineup change with Don DuZan joining in the vocal slot. The group now consisted of DuZan, Chris Lucci: Drums and percussion, Maurice Taylor: Bass and another new member, Clint Wilson: guitars. Musically they moved in a heavier direction and in early 2002 All Too Human released ENTROPY, which also included a very special guest. Derek Sherinian of Planet X adds keys to 6 of the 8 songs on the album.



The disc is opened by the title track. Like many prog bands, All Too Human have a number of longer songs. This being one of them. Actually the shortest song clocks in at 4:55 while the longest is just a tad over 11 minutes. I am not usually overly fond of instrumentals but “Arrhythmia” is a well crafted track that is long on excellent musician ship yet short on overt and over the top playing. At first I didn’t realize it was an instrumental because it’s as if the instruments themselves are telling the story of the song. One of my favourite tracks is “ The Jester”. DuZan delivers an amazing performance that made me stand up and take notice. He has an incredible voice that is comfortable either in the softest whisper or at the highest registers. Another standout track is “Seven Deadly Sins”. This is one of the more aggressive songs on the disc and amongst the contenders for best track.



All Too Human doesn’t suffer from Dream Theater Syndrome. That particular ailment being manifest in bands who worship the very ground that is walked by DT and in the process sound as if they are a Dream Theater Tribute band. The main point that differentiates All Too Human from many other prog bands is that the keys are kept much more in the background for the most part. This gives them a more aggressive edge that should appeal to more than just prog metal fans. ENTROPY is a sleeper CD that gets better with each listen.
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All Too Human
Entropy
September 2002
Released: 2000, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

One of the advantages and disadvantages of indie type bands is the presentation and packaging. If they are not totally top-quality some fans may pay on these bands, which would be a disservice. I think ATH could fall into that category and that would be a shame. The cover is fairly typical computer-style warped, outer space rendering with planets and hourglasses as seen on countless other prog-metal CD’s. The band name is a bit dull, the title is dull (many people don’t even know what Entropy is) and there are no lyrics.



However, to ignore this great CD would be a great disservice to the band and yourself! This Texas prog-metal four piece have some really great songs on this 8 song disc and that helps prove the old age, “Never judge a CD by its cover (etc)”



After a brief intro of ambient rushing water style sound effects the band ease into some of the better independent prog you will hear. Everything is very tasty, as in the song construction is very complex and innovative as all good prog-metal should be but never too haphazard or directionless wankery. It is almost the two or three minute mark where vocals kick in on the opening title track along with a more galloping pace. Don DuZan reminds me of a brilliant young vocalist by the name of John Arch from back in the days of yore. The guitars never lose the crunch or get overshadowed by the keys either.



As expected and virtually mandatory in this kind of release the production is top notch as is the musicianship. Great songs, great performances, there is not much more I can say about this band. Fans of (old) Fates Warning (I hate prefacing things with “old”) and Dream Theater etc…should go the web site at http://www.alltoohuman.com right away.



Oh yes, did I mention they have keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Planet X) as guest on the whole thing? You can’t go wrong with that kind of natural talent the band has combined with guest star power of a big name.
Track Listing

Entropy
The Jester
Haunted
E-Killer
Arrhythmia
Seven Deadly Sins
White Stones
Undone

Lineup

Don Duzan-vocals
Clint Wilson-Guitar
Maurice Taylor-Bass
Chris Lucci-Drums

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