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FramePictures: Remember It

From Portugal comes progressive metal act FramePictures, and Remember It is their debut album, out now on ProgRock Records. This five-piece outfit take their sound & style straight out of the Dream Theater Images & Words era playbook, but they inject it with a strong IQ and Spock's Beard prog background, the end result being a sound that is way more melodic and majestic than much of the progressive metal you'll hear these days.

The band is comprised of vocalist Tiago Delgado, guitarist Helder da Silva, drummer Artus Jorge, bassist Ricardo Drumond, and keyboard player Mafalda Brogueira. Together they have crafted a highly listenable batch of songs here on Remember It, tunes that are both catchy yet musically quite challenging. The near 9-minute opener "Memories Faded Away" is a blistering Dream Theater styled thumper, complete with soaring harmonies and tasty guitar & keyboard work. Delgado really shines on the melodic title track, a great prog-ballad featuring some splendid keyboard orchestrations and chunky riffs. "Call For Me" is closer to your typical prog-metal epic, filled with drama and virtuoso arrangements that let the band display their musical talents. Expect some heavier passages here, yet the band never forget to inject atmosphere and melody, giving this long piece a nice flow throughout its near 13-minute length. I must also mention the excellent drum work of Jorge on this one, as he lays down a wide assortment of jazz & rock licks throughout the song, especially during the fusiony guitar & synth solo section.

Gotta love the catchy & symphonic rocker "Don't Trust My Eyes", another strong vehicle for Delgado's stellar vocals, and heavy riffs mixed with brooding keys and complex time signatures create the framework on the solid "Why Nobody Cares" and "Shadows Black and Grey". Of course, it wouldn't be a progressive metal album without a mammoth epic (guess "Call For Me" wasn't 'epic' enough for the band?!), and that comes in the form of "My Will To Live", 26 minutes of prog-metal bliss. Well thought out riffs and stabbing synths make up the main melody, but it's Jorge and bassist Drumond who really create some irresistible rhythms underneath on this adventurous piece. You have to appreciate how the band seamlessly segues from symphonic metal, to atmospheric jazz, to gorgeous piano ballad, and back to crushing prog, all throughout this song. Kudos to Brogueira's excellent keyboard work on this one, which evokes not only the heavier end of the spectrum but also the classic sounds of the 70's. Well done.

Sure, there are plenty of bands out on the scene doing something similar to what you'll hear on Remember It, but damn if FramePictures haven't come up with some catchy & impressive material here. The songs are long, but memorable, the playing virtuoso, but not excessive, and the production stellar, but not flashy. Toss in a great CD booklet filled with eye popping artwork and lyrics, and you have one of 2010's progressive metal surprises. This is a band we will all need to keep a close eye on in the months and years ahead.

Track Listing
01 Memories Faded Away
02 Remember It
03 Call For Me
04 Dont Trust My Eyes
05 Why Nobody Cares
06 Shadows Black and Grey
07 My Will To Live

Added: July 14th 2010
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
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Language: english

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FramePictures: Remember It
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-12-26 10:13:03
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This Portuguese five piece first came together as the backing band for a "name" Pop Star, with the intention of catapulting said "star" into the charts. After six months of rehearsals, none of which the big name even attended, drummer Artur Jorge came up with the idea of using the rehearsal time to form a band that would fuse the sound of Planet X with Joe Satriani. That in itself is an intriguing prospect, however I'm pleased to say that what FramePictures actually have delivered with their debut effort, is way more than that description would suggest.

If you were to take a large serving of early Dream Theater and then spruce that up with some IQ, a dash of Vital Might and a touch of Planet X, then you would be reasonably close to where "Remember It" is aimed. The album is made up of seven lengthy compositions (only the title track is under six minutes), however in a way the near ten minute opening of "Memories Fade Away" and the twenty six minutes of closer, "My Will To Live" bookend the album in style and feel. Both songs have a wider range in their scope and feel than the rest of this disc. Both tracks contain some blistering riffs and blindingly dextrous musicianship, however the mood emanated from the pair is of a more gently progressive era that relies on the strength of the composition, rather than dazzling playing. The latter especially is a wonderful mixture of restrained piano, keyboards and bass work,that breaks up a pounding riff and drum flurries. At the other end of the spectrum is "Remember It", which runs closer to a more modern approach which borrows snippets of bands like The Rasmus and fuses it onto an altogether more grown up and less teen friendly progressive outlook. The keyboards and guitars fight for supremacy, however if this was reigned in a little, then this melody and gently processed vocals from Tiago Delgado, could get the teen girl market all hot and bothered. "Call For Me" and "Don't Trust My Eyes" see us firmly in prog metal territory, the first is a guitar shred workout, with a terrific pounding beat, while the latter is a slower paced and more straight ahead affair that is infused with some fine guitar bursts and a wonderful bluesy, yet fiery solo.

Guitarist and bassist Helder da Silva and Ricardo Drumond respectively, really fire on all cylinders during the Satriani flavours of "Why Nobody Cares", however tempering that with a beautiful piece of piano from keyboardist Mafalda Brogueira brings a maturity to the track that is seldom found on debuts in this genre. "Shadows Black And Grey" continues the theme with a hefty nod towards Dream Theater, however Delgado's short vocal burst in a largely instrumental track brings an altogether more metallic edge to proceedings.

FramePictures certainly won't reinvent the wheel with this album, however they do have the talent and know-how to shower a few unusual elements over the well tread musical landscape that is prog metal. It is also interesting to hear a different vocal approach that draws its inspiration from source's not often deployed in this style.

"Remember It" is a surprisingly accomplished debut that should bring FramePictures to the forefront of the prog metal movement and if they can maintain this standard, they will have no problem mixing it with the big boys!

» Reader Comments:

FramePictures: Remember It
Posted by Ricardo drumond on 2010-07-15 13:20:07
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Yeah! I think I have to agree with this fine review and with comment left here. :)

FramePictures: Remember It
Posted by Michael Buchowski on 2010-07-14 19:55:38
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I love this album! Great music and awesome feeling! I think it's a perfect progressive album.

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