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On this showing at least, these guys are going to be huge.

I’ve always been a sucker for good progressive metal and this album pushes all the right buttons as far as I’m concerned. ‘Invictus [The 11th Hour]’ is the first physical release from this Norwegian quintet – their 2010 self-titled debut was a digital only release – and is a highly accomplished piece of work.

Tellus Requiem (meaning “earth’s death mass” apparently!) tell us in the promo notes that “if Symphony X and 18th Century German Composer Richard Wagner made a baby then it might sound something like what you hear on this album”. I don’t know about the Wagner association but there is a definite Symphony X flavour to proceeding particularly on cuts like ‘Red Horizon’ and ‘Eden Burns’, where the technical musicianship, instrumental interludes, effortless time changes and improbably fast kick-drum work are vaguely reminiscent of New Jersey’s finest. But write them off as Symphony X copyists at your peril; this band has far more to offer and in vocalist Ben Rodgers they have their secret weapon and trump card all rolled into one. Rodgers has a massive melodic voice and a fantastic range that puts you very much in mind of his fellow countryman, ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell. His voice injects a real sense of melody into the symphonic soundscapes (perhaps supporting their earlier Wagner assertions or may, instead, reflect their love of modern film scores) the rest of the band create; and his performance is simply jaw-dropping on the two ballads ‘Reflections Remain’ and ‘Tranquillity’.

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‘Twilight Hour’ offers some nice guitar and synth interplay and Iced Earth inspired power metal riffing that’s driven along, as always, by Vidar Lehmann’s powerful drumming. Guitarist Stig Nergård is clearly a bit of an Yngwie Malmsteen fan as some of the neo-classical noodling on one or two solos have an air of the Swedish shredder about them but thankfully these never reach the self indulgent zone so often populated by Mr. Malmsteen! ‘Sands Of Gold’, with its storming main riff, towering vocals and glorious instrumental mid-section, has all the making of a mini-epic and is surely destined to be a live favorite. The band slow things down a notch for the final couple of tracks. ‘Redemption’, which builds from a gentle acoustic intro, has a certain Dio-era Sabbath feel in places and features yet another exquisite vocal melody; whilst ‘Invictus’ has an altogether simpler yet still enormously effective power metal structure.

Accompanied, as it is, by some visually stunning album artwork this really is a first rate melodic progressive metal release. Tellus Requiem: remember the name and get in at the start; because, on this showing at least, these guys are going to be huge.

Alister Strachan

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Franco Cerchiari said:

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Soaring. Inspiring. Epic. Only a few of the adjectives that come to mind when trying to describe the feel of this symphonic metal release. The huge intro to the opening track, the instrumental "Ab Aerterno," with monster sized drums, pounding keyboards, huge guitar riffs, all flow into the second track, "Red Horizon," with heavy use of the China Cymbal.

A slight comparison can be made to Saint Deamon and Angels of Babylon, but what needs to happen is for fans of the symphonic to latch on to this CD and make it part of their collection. Actually better than that would be for American radio to broaden their horizons and play bands like Saint Deamon, Angels of Babylon and, of course Tellus Reqieum, but I don't see that happening anytime soon, so instead, put this into your CD player, turn it up loud and lose yourslef in the music of this solid band.
 
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Franco Cerchiari said:

...
Soaring. Inspiring. Epic. Only a few of the adjectives that come to mind when trying to describe the feel of this symphonic metal release. The huge intro to the opening track, the instrumental "Ab Aerterno," with monster sized drums, pounding keyboards, huge guitar riffs, all flow into the second track, "Red Horizon," with heavy use of the China Cymbal.

A slight comparison can be made to Saint Deamon and Angels of Babylon, but what needs to happen is for fans of the symphonic to latch on to this CD and make it part of their collection. Actually better than that would be for American radio to broaden their horizons and play bands like Saint Deamon, Angels of Babylon and, of course Tellus Reqieum, but I don't see that happening anytime soon, so instead, put this into your CD player, turn it up loud and lose yourslef in the music of this solid band.
 
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