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Released: 2004, Independent
Way back in September of 2002 I reviewed the HEARSAY demo from this Swedish prog-metal group. It was a pretty good disc, but not particularly heavy or original, and I remember hoping that the band would develop their songwriting skills. Well thankfully the band’s lineup has remained stable (their “Exit” door was open frequently during the band’s formative years), and with some more experience under their belts the band has indeed improved since their last outing.
TABULA RASA contains two new songs from Eyekon, and they are an improvement in every way over HEARSAY. The band’s sound is still entrenched in the classic prog-metal style, but with many different shades and emotions present, much like some memorable moments of Spock’s Beard and the less metallic songs of Dream Theater. Mind you, Eyekon does not directly sound like either band, but they do serve as a solid basis of comparison for Eyekon’s laid back and smoothly winding passages. The band is still not particularly heavy, but the songs are much stronger and flow more logically than the band’s previous output. “Omen” is especially moving behind Victor Takala’s expressive vocals (he thankfully stays away from dog-whistle territory and opts for a more level approach).
With this disc, Eyekon have shown that they are capable of being one of the future leading lights of prog-metal. Now guys, how about buckling down and coming up with a full album” No more teasers!
Victor Takala: Guitars/Vocals
Joakim Boren: Drums
Anders Hortin: Keyboards
Thomas Grossman: Bass
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