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Tellus Requiem
Invictus (The 11th Hour)
March 2013
Released: 2013, Nightmare Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

INVICTUS is the sophomore effort from this Nowrweigan Progressive Power quintet. It has been three years since the self-tilted, independent debut and the American label, Nightmare has now picked them up. In the intervening years the band recruited a new singer and drummer.



I like the bands logo and album cover and I like the music even more. These guys have put out an hours worth of Progressive Power Metal. It's a very busy and dense record, with many layers, lots of time changes, solos, and unconventional arrangements. Everyone plays lots and INVICTUS doesn't give you much room to breath. I especially enjoyed the busy stickwork of skin pounder, Vidar Lehmann. The album is pretty fast paced for the most part. Some Prog albums while interesting lack the drive or intensity that Tellus Requiem has. Keyboards are a big part of the songs with many tones and sounds all over the place. The guitar tone is very heavy as well adding weight to the songs. This is certainly one of the heavier PowerProg albums I have heard recently. The songs are very complex and the individual performances are stellar. They are tight but still sound like they are about to go off the rails. It's hard to warmly embrace such a cold calculated and precise collection of songs although some of the softer moments like, 'Tranquility' demonstrate a simpler song-writing technique compared to the fireflash of tracks like 'Eden Burns' and 'Sands Of Gold'.



On a personal note, I often read the bands name with amusement because where I reside in Western Canada, 'Telus' is the name if a huge telecom provider! Of course this band from Norway had no way of knowing this but it is still odd to read. Regardless, INVICTUS is a fine record of world class performances.
Track Listing

1. Ab Aeterno
2. Red Horizon
3. Eden Burns
4. Reflections Remain
5. Twilight Hour
6. Sands of Gold
7. Tranquility
8. Redemption (Frontiers 2)
9. Invictus
10. Dies Irae

Lineup

Ben Rodgers Vocals
Stig Nergard Guitars
Anders Sundbo Keyboards
Ivar Hagen Boe Bass
Vidar Lehmann Drums

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