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Transcending Mortality: The Last Horizon

Damn the band's name, damn the cover art and just revel in the surprising sounds of what has to be one of Australia's finest young metal bands. Transcending Mortality's full-length debut is not I repeat, is not a dreary, industrial-sounding gothic-metal record, as it's name and cover would have us believe. There's not even a female vocalist, thank heavens! In fact, The Last Horizon bursts with melodic progressive metal that's heavy on the twin guitars and occasionally leans toward power metal (but never as far as, say, Hammerfall and Freedom Call). In the hefty booklet that accompanies this disc, the members of Transcending Mortality look like they're barely out of their teens, proving once again that younger musicians continue to be lured to this type of music. The band's debut is characterized by long songs (seven tracks in 52 minutes), sharp and clean vocals, and loud guitars that rise above practically everything else in the mix. Symphony X, Nevermore, Blind Guardian, Queensryche and Sonata Arctica influences shine through, but Transcending Mortality doesn't sound enough like a copycat act to simply ignore.

Track Listing:
1) Beyond the Remembrance
2) Into the Light
3)The Spiral
4) Veil of Midnight
5) Twilight
6) The Dawn of Defeat
7) Last Horizon

Added: May 3rd 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Transcending Mortality Web Site
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Language: english

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