Andromeda - Extension Of The Wish

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Century Media
Catalog Number: 8000-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 44:18:00

The Swedes are at it again, producing one quality band after the other. This is yet another band thrown in to the prog metal arena that are bound for stardom. Andromeda offer fairly crunchy and technical melodic progressive metal. The ensemble and interplay of the guitarist and keyboardist is simply blistering and should have any prog metal fan absolutely floored! Smokin!

It's rather progressive and technical but at the same time keeping a high focus on melodies and accessibility. Songs like "The Words Unspoken" and "Crescendo of Thoughts" makes me remember why I love this genre so much. The instrumentation on this disc is very impressive and I simply can not resist the crunchy riffing and guitar frenzy of Johan Reinholdz. The only minus on this disc is the mid-ranged vocals. He does a decent job, but unfortunately lacking power and range. It makes me wonder what this disc would have sounded like with a better singer. Anyways, as I understand the band has recruited a great singer now so this should not be an issue on the next CD.

It's hard to compare them to other bands as Andromeda certainly have their own identity. The material offered is very strong, although the songs mentioned above are the definite standouts. If they can keep the quality of the two first tracks throughout a whole CD I would not hesitate to give this CD the highest rating. Still, with an awesome debut CD as this is who knows what this band can produce in the future. Seems like the talent within this band is infinite. This comes highly recommended to all prog metal fans.

[This review originally appeared at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

The Words Unspoken (5:28) / Crescendo of Thoughts (5:25) / In the Deepest of Waters (7:07) / Chameleon Carneval (5:00) / Star Shooter Supreme (5:18) / Extension of the Wish (10:03) / Arch Angel (5:55)

Thomas Lejon - drums
Gert Daun - bass
Johan Reinholdz - guitar
Martin Hedin - keyboards
Lawrence Mackrory - vocals

Extension Of The Wish (2001)
II=I (2003)
Final Extension (2004)
Chimera (2006)
The Immunity Zone (2008)

Playing Off The Board (DVD) (2007)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin SE

Added: November 1st 2002
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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