FIGURE OF SPEECHLESS – Tunnel at the End of the Light

FIGURE OF SPEECHLESS – Tunnel at the End of the Light
Label(s):
Independent
Released Year:
2022
Type:
Full-length
Tracklist:
1. Day & Night2. Carve A Smile3. Escape Hatch4. Midnight Desert Rendezvous5. Tunnel At The End Of The Light6. The Cast-Out7. Draw The Line8. Inside Room 69. Turn A New Leaf10. Dysutopia11. Unfolding

Glen McMaster is an Australian guitarist who gathered Ray Alder on vocals, Derek Sherinian on keyboards, Tony Franklin on bass, and Brian Tichy on drums for the release of his debut album β€œTunnel at the End of the Light” under the band-name FIGURE OF SPEECHLESS.Β 

The names involved in the band reflect the style of the album. We have a 90s melodic progressive metal album, which combines some aspects of DREAM THEATER’s β€œFalling into Infinity” with the β€œA Pleasant Shade of Gray” era of FATES WARNING. So, we have a quite dark and very melodic record that is addressed mostly to those who miss the sound that progressive metal had those days.Β 

In general, the low-tempo, depressive style that the band adopts doesn’t work most of the times, as the album becomes too subdued and repetitive, but the vocals of Ray Alder raise the level of the album significantly – at least in some songs. The album’s opener, β€œDay & Night”, β€œTunnel at the End of the Light”, β€œDysutopia”, β€œCarve a Smile” and β€œEscape Hatch” are nice tracks with melodies that could attract an old-fashioned progressive metal fan.

β€œTunnel at the End of the Light” is only for those who want to have everything that Ray Alder has sung. It cannot be compared with his work in FATES WARNING, but similarly to his personal album a couple of years ago, there are some moments that a progressive metal fan will probably find interesting.

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