Headspace: All That You Fear is Gone
Considering that prog-rock act Headspace have been together for a decade now, All That You Fear is Gone is only their second full-length release, but the truth is that leaders Damian Wilson (Threshold) and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) have plenty going on most days with their main acts and other musical projects, so it's really not too surprising. Their 2012 debut I Am Anonymous was a big hit with the prog & prog-metal faithful, as it featured not only Wilson's soaring vocals and Wakeman's array of vintage sounding keyboards, but the more than capable talents of guitarist Pete Rinaldi, drummer Richard Brook, and bassist Lee Pomeroy. Brook has apparently recently been replaced by new drummer Adam Falkner.
Fans of Wilson's other band Threshold as well as Dream Theater will fine plenty to sink their teeth into here on All That You Fear is Gone, as the songs have that dark tone found in both bands, mixed with plenty of fiery & complex guitar and keyboard solos to go along with powerful vocals and memorable melodies. "Semaphore" sees the band throwing in tons of atmosphere underneath the metallic bombast (as well as a killer Wilson vocal), while the pastoral title track contains some lovely acoustic guitar from Rinaldi and Wakeman's gorgeous piano lines. For those who like the more bombastic side of the prog-metal genre, look no further than the near 11-minute "Secular Souls" and the chugging "Road to Supremacy", each one a great vehicle for heavy riffs, vintage keyboard sounds, and commanding vocal passages from the always spectacular Wilson. Wakeman for his part is in his element throughout, whether it be on piano, synths, or Hammond organ, shining on all the songs previously mentioned, as well as the more sedate "Your Life Will Change" and the symphonic rocker "Kill You With Kindness".
If prog rock/metal with great vocals, heavy sections mixed with atmospheric elements, just enough complexity, and memorable hooks is your thing, this latest from Headspace will be a welcome addition to your album collection. Adam Wakeman is a force to be reckoned with here, and Damian Wilson once again shows why he's one of the genres best kept secrets.
01. Road To Supremacy
02. Your Life Will Change
03. Polluted Alcohol
04. Kill You With Kindness
05. The Element
06. The Science Within Us
08. The Death Bell
09. The Day You Return
10. All That You Fear Is Gone
11. Borders And Days
12. Secular Souls
Added: April 17th 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2016-04-17 23:28:30
Headspace is a progressive metal/heavy prog band hailing from the U.K. They burst onto the scene in 2012 with their fabulous debut album I Am Anoymous. I have been looking forward to the follow up ever since and was very pleased when they announced their new CD All That You Fear Is Gone would hit the shelves in late February. There has been one change in the line-up; the replacement of Richard Brook with Adam Faulkner (drums). The rest of the band is Damian Wilson (vocals), Pete Rinaldi (guitars, backing vocals), Adam Wakeman (keyboards, piano, backing vocals) and Lee Pomeroy (bass, Chapman stick, bass pedals).
The band has put together another massive album, a seventy plus minute platter for prog fans to sink their teeth into. The disc contains twelve high quality tracks that will appeal to a wide spectrum of prog listeners; progressive rock and metal filled with intricate complexities, heavy riffs, delicate soundscapes and the unbelievably catchy vocals of Damian Wilson. I always said if this guy sang the phone book I'd be happy to listen and he really brings it on the new disc. A prime example is the second track "Your Life Will Change" where is higher pitched voice sounds completely at ease. Besides the melodic vocals you get nice guitar crunch, various tempo changes and a pretty keyboard melody from Wakeman. The mood is a bit melancholic as the lyrics are impactful and hard hitting. On the album opening "Road To Supremacy" the tasty guitar groove is pure gold. Speedy riffs and more tricky changes demonstrate this group of musicians is at the top of their game. On "Polluted Alcohol" the band shows their versatility reverting to bluesier chords and acoustic guitar. The sound is crisp and clean and the persistent piano line is quite beautiful. The band's progressive nature returns with the excellent "Kill You With Kindness" where Wilson interjects his vocals between tasty riff progressions. More progressive change ups and a quirky song structure should endear this one to progressive music fans across the board. The spacey guitar near song's end, reminding me a little of Meddle period Pink Floyd is really cool. The music throughout the album does carry an unsettling element as the lyrics can be quite heavy and dark. The acoustic laden "Borders And Days" is really lovely and just might be the prettiest track you will hear all year.
"The Science Within Us", a thirteen minute tune of epic proportions is absolutely stunning. Fantastic lead vocals, majestic keyboards and piano, burning guitar solos and riffs, off kilter rhythmic patterns and pretty ambient sections makes this piece by itself worth the price of admission.
The last track "Secular Soul" is another ten minute beauty with subtle builds and dynamic tension, releasing into a chasm of crashing riffs and intense drum work. Wilson's performance is again off the charts.
The artwork is also rather nice, very classy, just what you would expect of a band of this caliber.
Not much else needs to be said. Headspace have hit it out of the park with only their second album. All That You Fear Is Gone will surely hit the sweet spot for fans who appreciate the heavier side of progressive music and the darker side of the human psyche.
An Inside Out Music production.
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