Power of Metal.dk Review

Appearance of Nothing
A New Beginning
Style: Progressive Melodic Metal
Release date: 14 February, 2014
Playing time: 57:33

It is still a matter of taste, if you like progressive music with some harsh and grunting vocals every now and then. Perhaps some would have liked clean vocals only more, personally I never mind some harsh singing, at least, as long as it isn't forced. In my eyes it adds something to the music, it just makes this Swiss band a tad heavier and different from the lot.

In 2011 I reviewed their second album 'All Gods Are Gone' and I was very pleased by it. This third album is a rather logical follow up, there are no extreme style changes. They have kept the strong elements in their music. Vocalist Pat Gerber still has an excellent clean singing style and together with some vocal parts by bass player Omar Cuna it all sounds great. The band has kept the beautiful contrast between the heavier and the melodic parts in their music. What I especially like is the nice melodic singing lines in several songs. Take for example the clean singing part in "Without Reason", especially after the grunting they sound magical and the refrain in the song is one of the nicest ones I've heard lately. Same can be said about the singing lines in "The Seer" and "The New Beginning".

Most of the songs are rather long, but I never get the idea that they are too long, they keep them interesting. Another nice element is the keyboard parts, sometimes with a real 70's touch, then again rather modern. In several parts the band Pink Floyd entered my mind, while the heavier almost thrash kind of parts almost have a resemblance of Nevermore. Fans of the band Superior will also find this band very interesting. In the progressive metal pool, this Appearance of Nothing is one of a kind, they have mixed several styles and created a style of their own, not the umpteenth Dream Theater clone, but a style easily to recognize as Appearance of Nothing.

I doubt if there will be a better progressive metal album this year that delivers such a good balance between heavy and melodic parts and with such catchy godly singing lines.

01. Chains of History
Without a Reason
The Seer
A New Beginning
When the Glass Breaks
Label: Power Prog
Distribution: Power Prog
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 9 February, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/appearanceofnothing