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Momentum: Uit Het Leven Gegrepen

There really isn’t much Dutch sung progressive rock or metal out there, is there? Something that Momentum, it would appear, are looking to set straight with their Uit Het Leven Gegrepen debut. Ironically, the trio making up this band then open their first foray with a music-box like instrumental that suggests a truly cinematic experience is about to unfold. That “Als Ik Nu” immediately takes us down a much more muscular path than initially hinted at proves something of a surprise, the forceful guitars and powering rhythms really quite catchy while still possessing something of a snarl. Vocally I personally find the attack from Marc Schouten (who also plays bass) to be not as ear snagging as hoped, with his reasonably straight forward delivery not really standing up to the music.

The likes of “Ga Je Mee?” maintains the energetic outlook, the keys from Fons Flotman barely audible as the guitar from Raimon Schaap dominates in hugely rewarding style. Neither of these two engaging tracks really live up to the ‘prog’ tag that the band talk of, although neither are either particularly straight forward. “Een Leven” does, on the other hand have a more wandering spirit, varied tempos revealed as some shredding guitar work adds a different dimension as the moods and tones progress. Again, vocally, and even with some enthusiastic back-up singing from from both Schaap and Flotman, things are maybe a little looser than I’d hope for when held up against the fast moving musical motifs. With “Morgen Komt Het Licht” maybe a little more obvious in its 90s influence - an aspect that does seem to run to some extent throughout - the journey can be somewhat unexpected, if not quite uneven, but here it’s a strange amalgam of Pink Floyd and Paw that springs to mind. Not necessarily a bad thing but then neither is it something I’d always readily reach for.

In many ways that final thought above sums up my feelings regarding the debut album from Momentum, because it's an release filled with fantastic moments that don’t always flesh out into the memorable songs you think they might. That said, there’s bags of potential here and that in itself suggests that once this band have (ahem) built up a little more momentum, they might just be on to something.

Track Listing
1. Ouverture
2. Als Ik Nu
3. Het Wisselkind
4. Fak!
5. Bij De Keel
6. De Tranen
7. Eén Leven
8. Eenzaam Bestaan
9. Red Mij
10. Ga Je Mee?
11. Morgen Komt Het Licht

Added: March 3rd 2022
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Momentum online
Hits: 438
Language: english

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