Eddie Lascu 23-April-2007 Good Place, No Place

The first impulse is to categorize this album a good exponent of operatic, theatrical metal, a genre that got lots of exposure in Scandinavia in recent years. But hold on, there is more than that to this release. You will drop that label as the album progress. Things are getting much more complicated and interesting.

Coming from US, Blue Sky Theory is a quintet that considers "Good Place, No Place" as their debut, despite the previous two albums released under a different name. According to the band's website, the music is so different, that practically this is a new band altogether. All songs are written by the two guitarists of the band, G. Caliban Fournier and Alex Highsmith. The vocals are provided by Caliban and Justine Highsmith which also plays the keyboards. The rhythmic section is made of Peter Spryer (bass) and Josh Wolf (drums).

The concept of the album (apparently developed by Caliban, which also provides all the lyrics) is life in a post-apocalyptical world, where society struggles to live under the fist of a totalitarian power. This may sound like a cliché, but there are lots of twists in the intricate story. In fact you may even find yourself more engaged in following the narration than paying attention to the music.

Like I said, the music starts off with some metal motives (first track will make you feel like you are listening to an Iron Maiden tribute band). Later the metal motives are somehow fading away and while still present throughout the entire album, they morph into progressive rock. I am hearing traces of Renaissance, among other things. The instrumental passages are scarce, mainly because of the long story that must be told. Justine's voice reminds me at times of Annie Haslam, while Caliban sounds a little bit like Geddy Lee.

The band shows great creative potential, both musically and lyrically. I think we can expect great things from them in the future.

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