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Endless Time - Ancient Tales reviewed by: Chaoslord

Track Listing

1. The Beginning
2. Screaming Of My Soul
3. King Of The Waves
4. Unwanted Treason
When I first popped this CD into my player, the "Brave Sir Robin" song from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" popped into my head.

I must say that I am not that impressed with this CD at all. When the music started I thought I had made a hasty judgement, but my judgement was proven correct. While the music has its moments of coolness, I just could not get past the vocals on the CD. It is in broken English and just really does not mesh well with the album itself. While the concept of the album is pretty cool (a fabricated land that focuses on two main characters who journey throughout it), this CD was just not that great.

When I saw that is was similar to Blind Guardian I thought it was going to be really good, but I was mistaken. While I feel that this band has potential to be really good, they just didn't do it for me on this CD. So if you want to check this CD out, go right ahead, but don't expect too much from this one.


--Chaoslord 8.25.03
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Ancient TalesEndless Time
2002
Greg Watson8/28/2003


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