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Lanfear - The Art Effect - 2003 - Reviewed by Nailer

Track Listing
1 - Heresy
2 - Stigmatized
3 - Traces Of Infinity
4 - The Artefact
5 - Conscience Inc.
6 - Deeper
7 - Beneath It All
8 - Fortune Lies Within
9 - V.o.a.t
10 - The Spell
11 - Regression
With their 2003 release on Massacre Records, Lanfear's "The Art Effect" rides the line between complex power metal and progressive. I probably wouldn't have found this band if it wasn't for a game called Unreal 2003. It's a first-person shooter style game where you run around different maps blasting each other.

One of the custom maps we got off of the 'Net just happened to have a Lanfear song as the background music. It's pretty fun to be flying between buildings blasting each other with kick-ass weaponry while some powerhouse music plays. It went well with the game because the violence on screen was a counterbalance to the musically serious prose.

Vocals from Tobias "Neo" Althammer are fairly clean with a mid-pitch range and the guitar melodies are consistently well done. It has the velocity in the riffs of most of the speed metal bands, but it's also precision metal with all the notes falling in perfect order making it a bit more mathematical than emotional. It's easy to listen to, but the riffs really don't stand apart from each other.

Lanfear should be easy for fans of groups like Fates Warning to handle.

Bottom Line: Good, complex power metal, but a little tight in the drawers.



--Nailer 11.26.03
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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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