Hungarian Metal Hammer review of I, Metal

News have reached us that our I, Metal was reviewed by Norbert Uzseka in Metal Hammer Hungary – thanks to him for writing it and thanks to Tamás Kántor for scanning the article, and below it you guys can find its translation by myself. 🙂 

“Terran Spacers were founded in Bournemouth in 2012 by guitarist and vocalist Dave Antal, who had previously been the brain of Pécs-based Nervous Playground and NoiseField. His wife, Judit does vocals and plays keyboards, they have a drummer and a bass player too, and they play the kind of music you can expect from the name of the band, but one that you couldn’t guess precisely beforehand.

I, Metal is their first album (they made 3 EP’s before it) and it is basically space/progressive/brainy tech rock/metal music which accepts no boundaries. Dave and his band doesn’t use sudden shifts and insane solos to impress their audience – their music differs because it’s free and atypical.

Of course they have their influences, mainly Voivod, and I could add a few more progressive and experimental rock bands beginning with Pink Floyd, through Psychotic Waltz, Rush and Dream Theater to Tool, but none of these are determinant. At some parts they come to mind, but always just for short moments. Except for Voivod, who are apparently close relatives to Terran Spacers.

Space and sci-fi themes are present in nearly all songs. Once we hear about a parasitic alien race, (although the lyrics would make sense even about our present brainwashed world), then about Birth Of A Planet (it’s one of my favourites with its Satriani- or Rush-like fine themes), and then there’s a humourous space-hero song too, namely the rock&roll’ish Spacer Song.

Karma Day, according to its title is sinister and fatal, but also that one has a twist to it in form of a theme that reminds of bar music. Judit’s vocals in Au Revoir, Parasite remind me of Gathering, while Sheeple brings Floyd into mind with its gloomy lyrics and music. At the end there is a bonus track titled Where Else?, in which vocals are a kind of Primus-like cartoon voice and is a pretty much insane piece. But from this band even this one’s okay. Mainly because they can write memorable melodies and it’s not just musical adventures on yet unexplored territories.

Conclusively, I, Metal is a positively versatile material with many layers, which is, however, far from being spotless. I’m not the kind of person who only listens to perfect sounding albums, only on vinyl and with headphones on in a specially equipped music room, but in case of this album its sound does bother me. Not just the soundscape itself, but also that individual instruments often don’t go down well together.

Sometimes it’s annoying when keyboards are noodling into something that could otherwise deliver a blow, but what bothers me even more is that rhythm section lacks grooviness and punchiness at times. I do hope that they can step up a level on these areas till the next album, because otherwise it’s a special, unique music which trips across half of the musical galaxy and remains to be itself all the while.”

-Dave-

 

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