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Antiquus: Eleutheria

Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Cruz Del Sur

It seems the 80’s are making a big come back these days and Canadian rockers Antiquus have nailed it on the head with their second album, Eleutheria. Starting with the first song titled "O’ Captain, My Captain," you get the idea of where the rest of the album is headed, with the theme of a ship and crew lost at sea in the late 1400’s.

Six songs later, you hear the same story being told in "Leaves Of Grass," minus the cymbals in the intro and a slight twist of guitar chords. I understand it to be an attempt of vocalist Jesse White to take you back to the beginning of the whole journey. But, if you are like me, and not impressed with the passionate singers of progressive metal, then the uncanny similarities in the two songs are kind of annoying.

Musically speaking, guitarists Trevor Leonard and Geoff Way rightfully deserve props for creating an atmosphere of acoustic enchantment in "Meta Incognita." I can close my eyes and just imagine gypsies of the renaissance merrily dancing about. The next song, "Redemption," continues to capture the feeling of those times, slipping in the double bass of drummer Andrew Bak with Scott Unger's bass. Antiquus definitely mix their various influences rather well, but with crunchier guitars and without the overly melodic solos.

With persistence in touring and promoting, I believe they will get some recognition, but not much.

Added: December 31st 2006
Reviewer: Adriene Fuentes
Related Link: Visit Antiquus Online
Hits: 2974
Language: english


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