Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Poverty's No Crime: Spiral of Fear

After four albums released on InsideOut Records (their last, Save My Soul, in 2007), German progressive metal act now find themselves on Metalville Records for their long awaited seventh platter, Spiral of Fear. Though the band generated a lot of buzz within progressive metal circles in the late '90s and early 2000s, it's been quiet in the Poverty's No Crime camp for some time, but that's something that Volker Walsemann (vocals & guitars), Marco Ahrens (guitars), Heiko Spaarmann (bass), Jörg Springub (keyboards) and Andreas Tegeler (drums) aim to change here with Spiral of Fear.

Dazzling musicianship, engaging vocals, catchy melodies, and of course dramatic songs generally are characteristics of a successful prog-metal album, and Spiral of Fear has all of those and more. Instantly memorable hooks surrounded by metallic riffs, tasty lead guitar work, sumptuous keyboards, and rock solid rhythms permeate the stunning title track, "Dying Hopes", "The Longest Day", and the dreamy "The Ballad of 91", while the wild instrumental "The Fifth Element" allows the band to show off their musical capabilities in dazzling fashion. There's also a heavier side to Spiral of Fear, which you can hear on the Dream Theater-meets-Deep Purple crushers "Fatamorgana", "A Serious Dream", and the driving closer "Wounded". Overall, Spiral of Fear might be one of Poverty's No Crime's more accessible albums, but they've given up none of their power and virtuosity to get there. This is a pleasant surprise, and welcome return from a veteran band.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!

Track Listing
1. The Longest Day
2. Spiral Of Fear
3. Fatamorgana
4. A Serious Dream
5. The Fifth Element
6. The Ballad Of 91
7. Dying Hopes
8. Wounded

Added: May 14th 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 2090
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]

© 2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content © Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by