Released: 2011, Nightmare Records
Images of Eden are back with their third album and I must say it is an improvement on the past album, SUNLIGHT OF THE SPIRIT. Not that SUNLIGHT was poor by any means but this New York quintet have brought a little more to the table this time around. They have been around for a little over ten years now and this Power-prog group still fit right at home on Nightmare Records. Cool cover art too.
REBUILDING THE RUINS a monster album at 73 minutes, just loaded with great stuff. Musically the band finds a very nice cross between prog and classic metal. It’s not too heavy or over-blown. The songs have a progressive style but are still embraceable as a song. You’ll hear lots of things on this album, some minor orchestral stuff, horns, piano, acoustic stuff all spread across a wide range of tempos and paces. The production is warm and inviting.
Gordon Tittsworth has a dynamic and interesting voice and can sing in the middle and lower ranges. He evens hits some higher notes on quieter parts but generally stays in the mid-range. He sounds a bit like John Bush at times. He’s not afraid to use a mellower delivery to counter-point some of the crunchier guitar parts. The lyrics are about average, slightly surreal (right in line with classic prog) with lots of lines about (paraphrased) 'dreaming on the edge of eternity' and so on.
There is a bit of a classic Dream Theater, mid-era Fates Warning feel to these songs. It’s not the sorta over the top power prog that Italy is known for, not the uber-technical, psycho-jazz, math-core stuff, just classic Prog with hints of the 70’s and 80’s archetypes. There are some really nice solos like on the cut, Native To His Land’ that are elegant and fit the boundaries of the song.
I think REBUILDING THE RUINS will be the album that brings them some greater recognition. At times the songs seem a bit safe, lacking some intensity but there is enough driving guitar and faster drumming to provide balance. An all-round solid performance.