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Third Ion
Biolith
Type: CD
Company: Glasstone
Release: 2016
Genre: Progressive
Reviewer: Vinaya Saksena
Published: 11/2/2016
Everything you like about prog metal; almost nothing you don't.
Biolith is the second full-length from this Canadian prog metal outfit, and their first to feature former Annihilator frontman Dave Padden at the mic. (Also in the band are former Devin Townsend Band bassist Mike Young and ex Into Eternity guitarist Justin Bender. Drummer Aaron Edgar is a columnist for the magazine Modern Drummer, among other things.) Their sound is quite intricate, with lots of tempo changes and tricky time signatures. Unlike a lot of other stuff in this vein, however, Third Ion manage to make these elements fairly accessible and potentially enjoyable for non-musos. For a perfect example of this check out "Cosmic Delusion," which manages to cram all of this plus a super catchy main riff and video game-like sounds into five minutes. Even the ten minute title track remains pretty damn engaging throughout. Padden's vocals are mostly clean and clear, with the odd growl. Not sure what all of the lyrics are, given that I can't find them printed anywhere, but they generally seem intelligent and thoughtful. Pretty much everything you like about prog metal and almost nothing you don't. Highly recommended!
About this Writer:
Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.

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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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