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Released: 2013, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Raised by a family of musicians, Timo managed to create his own unique and unusual style of music, Having published 3 albums already "Antediluvian Hunger” released in 2008 and ' United Earth' in 2010. He began creating this album in 2011 but after having become very critical of his own work, he stopped working on it, in 2012 he managed to get back into creating this album, and expressed more about his own life within this album. Not knowing where it would take him.
The album opens up with a slow start, trying to draw our attention with the unusual noises that he has mixed together and created an interesting sound. This is a good opening for the album, and he has created it in a way where you instantly want to hear more.
I am surprised by the next track “ Begin” when a hard heavy double bass kicks in and it smacks you in the face, what a surprise to hear something so hard after such a interesting intro. This track Is very theatrical, I was intrigued to hear what was going to come of this track. The intro to this song lasts a while when all of a sudden there is a break down where everything is calm again with some soft vocals, bringing everything to a different level, this is then changed instantly and you are woken back up by a powerful vocalist kicking in and taking it to a whole different level, it took it up a notch with that kick.
For the next few songs you are kept at constant rock/metal high that is not bought back down through out, there is so much going on within these tracks that there feels like too much at once to take in. it almost feels messy, There are so many random high point and some low points. As the album continues I hear more of a theatrical side coming through. With this theatrical approach being kicked in you are left feeling a little confused but intrigued as to what he may produce next.
He ends the album with the track “ love”, bringing everything back down again, he has bought back that atmospheric approach to finish the album. This is calming after being drawn into the darker, heavier side throughout the last tracks. I have noticed that within the intro track and “love” it feels like that there has been more time and effort gone into these, that may be because there is so much going on within the heavier tracks that this one doesn't feel apart of the album, it stands out.
This is defiantly the most random album I have listened to this year, with lots of hard rock, ambient, theatrical sounds and you have no idea what to expect.
Review by Becky brown
5. self- Actualize
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