Released: 2001, GULA Records
Nemesis are a five-piece progressive metal band from Hungary. In their short career, Nemesis have released two albums, a self-titled debut in 1998, with ABRAXAS following a year later. Realizing that a catalogue recorded in Hungarian would bring little exposure, the band re-recorded both albums in English in early 2001. The CD which the band sent to me is a selection of seven songs gleaned from both albums.
I should preface my comments by saying that I’ve never been a fan of band compilations. I’m of the belief that songs recorded at the same time and for the same project belong together, and that a compilation often robs the individual songs of their context. Having said that, I like what I have heard from Nemesis, but am sure I would have liked it much better if the songs were presented in their original context. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, how about an actual review?
Nemesis are on the lighter side of prog metal, but that is not a slight in any way. The musicianship is good and the song structure on some of the tracks is darn good. Some prog bands wow you with their incredible musicianship, some with their song-writing ability and some do it with both. Nemesis do it with their song-writing ability, which is showcased nicely on the tracks “Eye of the Snake”, “Four Mirrors” and the epic track “Eternal Circle”. There are a couple songs on the disc which get a little repetitive, but few prog bands are not guilty of this flaw. The band sounds a little like Dream Theater at times, while sounding like a mix of RAGE FOR ORDER and EMPIRE Queensryche at other times. Overall, the style is definitely European though. The voice of Nemesis is Ian Lamb and, like many prog vocalists, he hangs out in the upper middle registers.
Nemesis shows some potential and I expect they will find an international label who recognizes this in the near future. I’ve listed the band’s website below, but I haven’t been able to connect to it after trying for more than a week. I’m sure I’ll be receiving an e-mail from the band soon, so if anyone is interested in learning more about them, send me an e-mail at CrashTest@metal-rules.com.
I’ll let you know when I know.
Official website: http://www.musicofnemesis.com