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Poverty's No Crime
Spiral Of Fear
October 2016
Released: 2016, Metalville
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

I have a bit of a memory for Poverty’s No Crime for an odd reason. Back in 1995, somehow, I’m not sure how I ended up with a Japanese pressing of the debut album by Poverty’s No Crime. The European version was on Noise/T&T Records and the Jap version was on Victor. It was one of the first CD’s I actually owned (because I was a cassette buyer for years and I started buying CD’s around 1995, when Cassettes started to fade away) and if memory serves the first Japanese import CD I ever owned. I was intrigued by the OBI strip and the booklet printed in both English and Japanese. The band seemed seemed exotic; a German band with a weird band name, a weird album cover, on a Japanese label. I suppose it did not translate into being a fan because I didn’t follow the band. Here we are 20 years later and six studio albums later and PNC are still going.

After a fairly lengthy stint on InsideOut Music the band is now on the Metalville label and it has been nine long years since their last album and surprisingly, no line-up changes! SPIRAL OF FEAR I had sporadically followed them over the years, short of going and actually buying an album, but I’m pleased to announce that they have not wavered from their musical mission to bring Progressive Metal to the masses. Smooth, melodic, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, elegant…are all descriptors that can easily be used to describe this album. With excellent songs ranging in the seven-minute range they don’t get too techy-and overly ambitious but they do add those classic, prog elements that make this a compelling album. There are nice hints of acoustic piano, especially on the track ‘This Is Serious’. Overall the sound and production are very smooth, not too much crunch in the guitar but enough to remind you that are listening to Metal and the dense layers of keyboards add tons of interesting textures, from Hammond like sound to industrial flourishes. Longer instrumental passages kept me intrigued and never lost my interest. Vocals are sparing but well delivered and in terms of tempo the album leans towards to mid to slow tempos. SPIRAL OF FEAR nicely hits all the touchstones of a very decent Prog Metal album.

This is the first (and hopefully not last) review of an album by Poverty’s No Crime for It’s long overdue and this band deserves the attention of fans of progressive Metal. This is the kind of band that makes the diehards cream their jeans at ProgPower in Atlanta every year.
Track Listing

1. The Longest Day
2. Spiral of Fear
3. Fatamorgana
4. A Serious Dream
5. The Fifth Element
6. The Ballad of '91
7. Dying Hopes
8. Wounded


Volker Wallmann Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Marco Ahrens Guitar
Heiko Spaarmann Bass
Jörg Springtb Keyboards
Andreas Tegeler Drums



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