German prog power mettallers Lanfear modestly describe themselves as being "100% underrated" but judging by the initial reaction to sixth album This Harmonic Consonance that should be about to change. This is metal at its most honest and direct; no frills, no costumes or other related marketing gimmicks and is simply about quality songs delivered with passion, power and no shortage of enthusiasm. Lanfear have been doing this since the early 90's without making much of a dent in the consciousness of the CD buying metal hordes. A lack of success can often spell the end for many promising bands and so they are to be applauded for their tenacity.
A mood setting introduction gives way to "Colours of Chaos" that explodes into life with its insistent melodies and top-notch riffing that brings to mind Queensryche in their prime. A decent mix and clear production makes for sonic clarity and the material contains just enough variety to keep it interesting and fresh. Vocalist Nuno has an extensive range as evidenced by some high pitched wailing on "Camera Silence" and another stand out track is the hard hitting "The Reverend" with some quality riffing that packs a real punch. Overall this is a pretty decent effort from Lanfear and fans of Fates Warning and Symphony X should definitely check them out.
1. Giorno del Giudizio (1:05)
2. Colours of Chaos (4:40)
3. By-Product Nation (3:37)
4. The Reverend (6:22)
5. Idiopathic Discreation (7:43)
6. Camera Silens (5:33)
7. I, Robot Sapiens (4:12)
8. Spectrophobia (5:55)
9. Word Not Spoken (6:05)
10. Disharmonic Consonance (4:28)