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Napero, February 5th, 2007

Sorry Napero, Encyclopaedia Metallum was forced to reject your band submission, Euphrosyne (Progressive Metal form Finland) for the following reason:

Not metal; does not belong.

Yup, that would have been the result of a band submission in the very early days of the MA, had the said submission been based on the Face Behind a Face demo alone. This demo is nowhere near metal, it isn't even rock, let alone actual hard rock. This music would be more at home in a jazz night club called The Blue Note Bar or a hotel lounge than on a rock festival, and thanks to every divine being ever worshipped anywhere, Soulcage, as the band is know as these days, has turned much closer to actual metal. Because this is something even die-hard prog-rockers would have a hard time appreciating and metalheads cannot digest at all.

The demo, possibly and probably the first one the band ever released, consists of four very, very, very soft tunes, and in today's Soulcage, only the vocalist can be recognized as the same guy from the overall sound. Even if he still sings in an emotional clean voice, he has been maturing and producing gallons of testosterone, and the music actually goes somewhere with some intention and drive instead of sitting in one place quietly in a grey robe (manufactured by elves in a friggin' big tree), considering the thoughts of the numerous dandelions around, and barely breathing for the fear that someone might notice.

One explanation for progressive rock from years ago sums this demo up quite nicely: "Progressive rock means that you go on stage, wearing plain clothes, and everybody in the audience listens silently as you try to do everything in the most difficult way imaginable." Only this time very few people would actually care to listen. They would either go for a beer or fall asleep.

The songs are basically just complicated tunes with extremely, annoyingly, maddeningly soft vocals that have an incredible amount of little twists and curves, and certainly won't stick to the mind. The instruments are used very sparingly, and distortion is virtually unheard of, except in a few places, and even those are roughly as far form metal as helium is on the periodic table. The band treads their chosen ground with the softness of a combat engineer with a will to live just a few days longer, and ends up being timid. No, this is not for a metalhead.

Usually a band's learning curve goes the other way around: a group of young, energetic and barely post-pubescent boys make a raving, raging, church-burning and priest-molesting demo, maybe a debut album with the same basic layout, and then mellow out and on their fifth full-length, they "return to the roots" by playing acoustic retro-rock from the 70's. Not so here. This is an odd, but welcome counter-current, a reversal of the flow of time itself, and Soulcage has matured in the right direction.

Don't bother with this if you're looking for progressive metal; go for the band's later works. From a metalhead's point of view it's practically impossible to tell what the intended target audience of the band was when they recorded this, but it's quite likely it wasn't you, if you're reading this on the Encyclopaedia Metallum.