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URIZEN - Autocratopolis - 2005

Track Listing

01. a shift in the weather
02. ...it begins to rain
03. streetlight
04. (never felt so dreadful)
05. the grand ascension
06. behind the vast window
07. barren winds
08. oh, the humanity!
09. neon
10. (or 3 steps
11. to happiness)
12. the horror
Originally a black metal band called "Dunwich Horror", Urizen changed their name and re-vamped their sound into what became their official first release "Autocratopolis". This is pretty adventurous stuff to say the least, running the gauntlet of styles, sounds and emotions. At times, I just wanted to turn it off and then something would kick in to spark my interest. This happened quite a bit during my repeated listens. One moment you're in the midst of some heavy, orchestrated thrashing and then suddenly the scene shifts to piano-based theatrical crooning. I commend these guys for such a musical vision even if it's not exactly my cup of tea. Think of Urizen as the bastard son of Opeth and Pink Floyd and you'll begin to scratch the surface of what you're in for with this music. The musicianship is top notch and the production crisp and clear for a self produced album. I'm sure there are a number of new-age metal fans out there that would enjoy Urizen's "barrier-free" style.


--Axeman 01.09.06









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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AutocratopolisUrizen
2005
Axeman1/12/2006


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