Location: Athens, Greece
Genre: Progressive Metal
Released: April 25, 2014
Format Reviewed: PCM (1411 kbps)
Feature: Global Conquest – Recent Releases
By: Kris Kotlarik
There are a lot of different facets to this album that can be dissected; the use of synthesizers is prevalent to say the least, political samples are frequent, and there’s even hints of jazz fusion in here. Fans of Dream Theater and Bad Salad should like this album. There’s several parts of this album that feel like it will go completely over the top, into Haken territory, but it doesn’t quite reach that point.
Vocals take over five minutes to kick in; I was beginning to think this would be an all-instrumental album. Alas, if I had to pick two weak points, the vocals would be one of them; it’s not that they’re particularly bad, but it clashes with the rest of the album’s sound. The other weak point is a rather spotty mixing in which one of the guitarists sounds like they are about a step behind the rest of the band.
I will say that Closer To The Edge gets better as it goes along, starting from the title track which is sandwiched right in the middle of this seven-track album. “Room Of Pain” and “Respect” are both all-around solid tracks. There are no “bad” tracks, but none of the other ones stand out, either.
Overall: Stylistically diverse, but the execution could use some tweaking.