It must be something in the water or the beer in Birmingham, England for some reason it is a hotbed for extremely good metal music of all descriptions. Further proof of this hypothesis is a very talented progressive/melodic metal band that goes by the name of Opposing Motion. Having in my possession their debut EP called The Illustration" I am reminded how important good songwriting is as well as musical ability. So many bands have the talent but just don't know how to use it. When you find one like Opposing Motion that creates melodies that enthrall and enchant it is a gift that you do not want to wait for Christmas to open.
This 5 track disc has enough packed into it to make you drool with the thought of a full length disc in the near future. Starting out with the soaring "Forever's Edge", right off the bat you see how Opposing Motion is a band that knows the meaning of melodic metal. They combine the use of guitar and keyboards to create epic, powerful music that is a vibrant background for French vocalist Ludo DeSa. No doubt about it, Ludo has the pipes and uses them to full advantage for our benefit. He wraps more emotion into his delivery than some that are labeled as the best in the business. Just listen to the magnificent acoustic and orchestral balled "Las Lagrimas Del Diablo" where he wrenches the heart with his vocal quality. I think of Zak Stevens and his ability and range when I hear Ludo. Not so much that they sound alike but more in the fact that he can tug on the emotions with tenderness as well as blow you away with his epic soaring vocals.
The title track "The Illustration" is an instrumental work that will leave little doubt as to the abilities of the musicians involved. The lush keyboards are a canvas upon which Joe McGurk paints a dynamic musical portrait with his six string abilities. This is the kind of music that makes me want to crank it up and get lost in the intoxicating sounds emanating from the speakers.
The last two songs "Desert Without Rain" and "Rites of Passage" will only solidify the feeling that you are hearing a band on the verge and are given the chance to acquaint yourself with them as they grow. Especially with the last song "Rites of Passage" which is a truly masterful bit of progressive metal which goes through a whole gambit of time changes and shifting moods that pull you along on a thrilling musical roller coaster. Put your seat belt on and enjoy the ride.
Sometimes I feel really lucky that I have the chance to discover new bands from across the globe. This is one of those times as Opposing Motion is a group which I will be watching closely and looking forward to each new release with eager anticipation. These guys are the real deal. Do yourself a favor and find this album and add it to your collection. You will be glad you did.
1. Forever's Edge
2. Las Lagrimas Del Diablo
3. The Ilustration
4. Desert Without Rain
5. Rites of Passage