Released: 2000, Indie
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
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.