From Earth To Nebula
Released: 2012, Independent
France’s Nebuleyes has been around for over twelve years and since 2006, have been incredibly active, releasing a steady stream of product. The band, lead by Xavier Boscher and Benjamin Masson, are solidly within the progressive metal realm, so it’s surprising that, being a fan of the genre, I’ve not come across them before.
Right off the bat, you can tell that Nebuleyes have a vision with this E.P. From the title, to the track names, to the cover art, it’s clear they’ve constructed something with a specific musical journey in mind: namely, a journey off our planet, into a distant solar body. Sound cheesy? Well, yeah, it kind of is. The thing is though, the band have written the songs so that you actual do feel like they’re taking you on a journey, so obviously they’re successful in their goal.
As for the music itself, it’s definitely prog-metal, but again, Nebuleyes do it their own way – you won’t hear obvious rip-offs of Dream Theater, Threshold, or any other well-known band. In addition to the expected crunchy guitars and keyboards, there’s an ethereal quality to the music that fits perfectly with the space theme of the album. Unfortunately, the vocals are not quite up to par. Boscher’s clean singing is serviceable if somewhat powerless but the occasional growls sound gimmicky.
The other flaw of the album is its lack of hooks. This is another album that, for me, is entertaining enough while it’s on, but doesn’t stick with me after it’s over. “Stratosphere” works up a good thunderous chug and is probably the most memorable song over all, but some of the others just don’t resonate with me for whatever reason. I’m thinking a stronger vocalist would help sell the songs better and push them to the next level.
Still, you have to congratulate Nebuleyes for staking out their own little corner of the prog-metal map and making an effort to create a sound of their own. If you’re a prog-metal fan and are looking for something a little bit different, give these guys a try.