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CD Review / Suspyre - The Silvery Image - 100%

DAVEatBEC, January 14th, 2006

“The Silvery Image” CD starts off with ’Sospirare’, a very nicely done 48 second majestic orchestration piece with classical choir vocals. The music is written by one of the band's two lead guitarists, Gregg Rossetti (guitarist, composer, saxophonist, tenor viola da gamba, Chapman Stick, etc.) and is similar to a prelude from perhaps the band Epica. Then the guitar riff kicks off the second song ’Father of Hate’. The musicianship is noticeably very high right away; the sound is prog/power metal all the way with double bass drums sounds, lead guitar solos, twin guitar harmonies, and the epic presence of orchestration elements. Track 3 ’Distant Skies’ starts off with featured keyboards, played by Rich Skibinsky (guitarist, keyboards, orchestration, etc.) the other lead guitarist. The vocals are impressive, and the lyrics that include dragons feel right at home with this style of music. Track 4, ’Waterburns’, the orchestration element is again very strong with a grandiose entrance piece that rolls into guitar, and the drums handled nicely by Sam Paulicelli. Then, midway through the 7+ minute song it moves into a strong progressive style, and there are some voiceovers and keyboards layered in. Track 5 is another 7+ minute song, ’Breath of Gloria’, which is clearly the ballad, as it starts off with piano and then saxophone no less! Vocals are added, and then Kirk Schwenkler (Bass, Flute) comes in with the flute! Later still, a nice guest female vocal ( Danielle Kaplowe) is added, before the song finishes with its epic ending of choruses. This song is followed with a quicker tempo song ’The Last of the Survivors’, to get things picked up a bit before being mid-way though the CD and we hear the drama of the 1:19 orchestration piece, ’Ascension’. Following this is a track ’Apex’ which mixes nicely in with orchestration, then guitar and drums lead us into the very progressive metal elements. It’s a minute and a half, when the vocals start for the first time, some good time changes, then a surprise…we got growl vocals! All sung over a prog/fusion sound, like something from the progressive band, Pain of Salvation. Another surprise on the following track ’Serpent I Am’, is the use of some synthesized effects added to the music and vocals at times; these in with the heavy elements of the guitar and some more growl vocals! The 10th song is the one from the Prog/Power festival sampler ’The City Under Sands’, and sounds like a cross between Angra and Symphony X, with Clay’s voice showing at times its Russell Allen style…not a surprise it was selected as the track for the Prog/Power USA festival CD. The next track ’I See’ is in the same up-tempo as its predecessor and a good way to leave the listener before closing of the album with the final orchestration piece ’Seguira’. It’s a minute long and the album has epically come to its end.

It’s unbelievable this is Suspyre’s first true full album, and that they haven’t been signed by a label yet is clearly a temporary situation. This is extremely high caliber progressive metal with epic orchestration and great power metal elements. Not only is this the surprise album of 2005, it is clearly one of the year’s absolute best prog/power albums!!