Released: 2015, Self-Released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Zürich based ATOMIC SYMPHONY has existed as a project since 2009. Originally starting out as a symphonic act, after a period of line-up changes the dust has settled and a progressive five-piece has emerged with their debut self-released album ‘Redemption’
On first listen I had to double check that I was listening to the correct album. ATOMIC REDEMPTION are fronted by vocalist Jasmin Baggenstos who’s mid to low vocal style is similar to that of many popular male prog vocalists, however once the brain knows it is a women singing, the ears adapt and it comes through easier. Perhaps this is because she does not sing in a particularly wide range on ‘Redemption’, and stays more or less on the same level throughout songs, allowing the music to soar around her. It is interesting to have a band where the gender of the vocalist does not define the band, or its sound, in the way it does for the ubiquitous female fronted symphonic bands.
‘Redemption’ consists of 9 tracks of tight and professional classic progressive metal. Ranging from the ballsier ‘Delusive Dreams’ to the introspective time-honored prog ballad ‘Face the Evil’, the album closes with the 9 minute multifarious ‘Shattered’.
Their love of Dream Theater and Symphony X dominates the sound of this album, while the Meshuggah influence is just at the edge. Think Nightwish with the symphonics stripped out and metal balls added.
One for the hardcore prog fans to check out. Other will probably find ‘Redemption’ too formulaic to listen to more than once. If they can carve out a more distinctive sound for their follow-up album they could go places based on the technical musical talent they possess.
Review by Victoria Fenbane