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LABYRINTH - Freeman - 2005 Arise Records

Track Listing
1. L.Y.A.F.H.
2. Deserter
3. Dive In Open Waters
4. Freeman
5. M3
6. Face And Pay
7. Malcolm Grey
8. Nothing New
9. Infidels
10.Meanings
Despite a number of important line-up changes and various 'technical' hassles Labyrinth have surpassed a decade of existence and given birth to the band's 5th studio album, namely "Freeman". I must say that apart from a rather mediocre debut album "No limits" (1996), Labyrinth have always manged to offer quality Melodic Power/Speed Metal.

Having said that, I was positively surprised at "Freeman" which definitely reveals a band at their peak artistic maturity. Labyrinth seem to consciously avoid being pidgeon-holed and are striving to make song-writing personal business this time around. Tagging "Freeman" as Progressive Metal could in fact be considered an understatement.

For example there's the enigmatic "L.Y.A.F.H." which contains anything from Classical-sounding guitar licks to Nu-Metal riffs. Or Roberto Taranti's soulful style of singing which fits quite well with his high-pitched voice during various up-tempo passages. 'Malcolm Grey' and 'Deserter' are 2 such examples. Then there are songs with the pedal to the metal at the word 'go' such as 'Nothing New'. My favourite take, however, is 'M3' - fast, melodic and with a great song-writing structure.

"Freeman" possesses the qualities to enhance Labyrinth's position at the forefront of metal with Italian origins. Recommended.

My Rating: 8.5/10

-MetalKnight 20.06.05
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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FreemanLabyrinth
2005
MetalKnight7/24/2005


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Andrea CantarelliLabyrinthChris Galea3/20/2005


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