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Sphere Of Souls - 2006 From The Ashes

ARTIST: Sphere Of Souls
ALBUM: From The Ashes
LABEL: Lion Music
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Andre Vurboom - vocals, rhythm and clean guitars * Rob Cerrone - rhythm guitars * Anand Mahangoe - lead guitars * Joost van den Broek - keyboards * Kees Harrison - bass * Ruud van Diepen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 From The Ashes * 02 Sweet Sorrow * 03 Loss * 04 Beneath The Surface * 05 Empty * 06 Until Death Do Us Part * 07 Extinct * 08 Room 9 * 09 No Salvation * 10 Untruth * 11 Lies Inc * 12 Room 6 * 13 Epilogue



From the ashes of the band Sun Caged comes Sphere Of Souls. Well two members at least - Andre Vurboom and Joost van den Broek. The remainder of this Dutch prog-metal band include ex Autumn Equinox bassist Kees Harrison and drummer Ruud van Diepen, ex Imperium guitarist Rob Cerrone, and solo artist/guitarist also signed to Lion Music - Anand Mahangoe. All in all, a quite versatile and capable outfit on paper. The band cleverly integrate heavy parts and quiet passages to great effect, the ambient and atmospheric soundscape shifts like a desert sandstorm throughout each song. Though the prog-metal tag can be applied with safety to this band, they aren't as full-on as some of their European counterparts, therefore the pre-requisite bombast and heavy artillery is somewhat missing by comparison. Vocally, Vurboom could do a James LaBrie tribute gig if he so desired.

The Songs
There's quite a bit of listening to be had here. I won't go through them all - just a handful, to give you an idea. You get a fair idea what you're getting into with the opening 'From The Ashes..' All the ingredients are here. Metal passages, traditional prog parts, ebb/flow dynamics - you get the picture. Keyboards play a prominent part on 'Sweet Sorrow', the speed of the track is less than mid-tempo though. Meandering past the insignificant 'Loss', we get to 'Beneath The Surface', which takes a journey back to the prog scene of the early 90's, if you think of all those Giant Electric Pea signings etc. Meanwhile, 'Until Death Do Us Part' lays on the prog metal guitars thick, full and crunching. Yet another contrast. Of the others, I do like 'Extinct' and 'Room 6'. The latter sounding like a tune from a horror-movie theme. The caustic guitars and hyper-extended drum work fires up on 'Lies Inc', but overall the track didn't make it on the GDAZE stickability-meter. Many of the songs are delivered with technical precision, but to my ears, something is missing. Can't quite put a finger on it, but it keeps re-occurring everytime I listen to this album. Perhaps it is the final mix, the three guitar approach.. the guitar tone, who knows..

In Summary
From a prog-metal perspective, the results come out as a bit too safe and squeaky clean. They probably need to crank up the excito-meter a bit to win any plaudits from me though. I like what this band has to offer and feel that they would've found their feet by the time album number two comes around. Good ideas, good atmospherics, lets just hope that they can spice it up a bit more, and invoke some good old passion, excitement and energy.

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