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Waterland - Virtual Time Review

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Artist: Waterland

Album: Virtual Time

Released: 2010

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Speed Power Metal

Review:

It is a second album of the band called Waterland from Portugal; the first one, although a demo, was quite as good as a full-length album. OK, this was a digression for statistics.
Well, the second album. What has changed, appeared, disappeared and transformed?
This album has changed my perception of this band completely! It seems that the main lineup is the same as well as the music trend and priorities, but I've completely ceased perceiving this band as a sort of resemblance to Skylark with a specific sound of keyboards. Now the keyboards sound differently, maybe, more electronically, but it in no way destroys normal Metal sound. We can recall the early Labyrinth (Italy) for comparison, where Italian Melodic Speed&Power and electronic sound of the synthesizer are well matched.
The double voice (two rightful singers) is in the groove again, nothing superfluous or unnatural.
The music varies from epic Heavy mid-tempo songs with the respective voices to the standards of the fast Italian Melodic Speed&Power a-la Rhapsody and the mentioned Labyrinth, and even to the hyper-speed music a-la Dragonforce.
But the main discovery for me is that the ordinarily structured songs, which seem simple at first sight, stick in mind immediately, and a minute later you wish to sing along as if you've known them long since. It may be explained by the fact that the structure and sound of many songs remind of pop music, for instance, the music of such hit generators, as ABBA and Modern Talking.
I want to recall that finishing the review on the debut demo I expressed a hope that Waterland would be better than Oratory (the band, which the main musicians of Waterland came from) in future. And it happened! Go ahead, Waterland, win the tops!


Summary:
Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:9.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:7.00 of 10
TOTAL:9 of 10

Reviewed by: Denis /30.11.2010/



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