Power of Metal.dk Review

Six Minute Century
Wasting Time
Style: Progressive Melodic Metal
Release date: 15 October, 2013
Playing time: 67:34

In 2008 I rated their debut 'Time Capsules' with 93 points. Now more than 5 years later their second album 'Wasting Time' finally is released. Two years ago I already read on their homepage that they were busy finishing the album. Then Mikey Lewis, the new drummer joined the band and they decided to re-record the drum parts already finished by former drummer Darren Davis. All in all, it took a very long time and is it worth the wait?

Well, I am a little less enthusiastic about this second album. The songs are still interesting, but somehow it all sounds a little flawed. The guitars are less crunchy, the vocals of Chuck Williams are still good, but I miss something, I miss a little pleasure and spontaneity. I think the production is the evildoer here, all of it should have sounded much heavier and opener in my opinion. Instead of a real hammer, it is just a good album now. Perhaps it is just me expecting too much from the band, and the real surprise after the first album has gone.

The music is still worth listening to, a kind of heavier Fates Warning with the typical vocals of Chuck, reminding of a mix of Ray Alder and Jon Arch. New bass player Michael Millsap does a very good job, just listen to the instrumental track "Czardas" and you know what I mean. Don LaFon - his guitarsoli and riffs are still outrageous, but for me this album doesn't top their debut, I don't know exactly why, but I miss something somehow... Nevertheless still a good album...

01. 1900
02. City of Hope
03. Just Remains
04. The Killing Fields
05. Baptized in Flames
06. Paying Deaths Toll
07. Czardas
08. Last Days in Paradise
09. Needhams Point
10. Defining Moment
11. Hell's Gate
12. Wasting Time
Label: Nightmare Records
Distribution: Power Prog
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 16 October, 2013
Website: www.sixminutecentury.com