LUCID DREAM - Otherworldly

Lucid Dream - Otherworldly

9 songs
40:55 minutes
***** ***


Itís been three years since Lucid Dreamís last album The Eleventh Illusion, a really good hard rock / heavy metal album although it suffered a little from its exaggerated length. The Italian band, coming from the region around Genoa, must have taken this criticism to heart, considering that their third album Otherworldly is only forty minutes long, consisting of six vocal tracks, one instrumental, an interlude and an intro, titled after Einsteinís tensor equation. Sounds like something you would expect from a band like Watchtower or other such crazy math geeks, but with Lucid Dream we get actually very accessible music, drawing Ė as in the past Ė from the progressive hard rock of the Seventies and the burgeoning hard rock and heavy metal of the Eighties.

The intro is followed by the straightforward Buried Treasure, at four minutes the albumís shortest track. The bandís sound is carried on the one hand by the high, clear and strong vocals of Alessio Calandriello and the technically flawless guitar playing of Simone Terigi. The following The Ring Of Power starts like a Van Halen track but soon enough follows the typical Lucid Dream sound of upbeat metal flavoured hard rock. Everything Dies is at nearly seven minutes the albumís longest track and overall feels more dramatic, displaying the guysí fondness for a lightly progressive sound.

The biggest difference between Otherworldly and its predecessor is that the new album has a much more homogenous sound. Where Lucid Dream tried some different and new on every track on The Eleventh Illusion, you had a record full of twists and turns that in the end could be a little over the top at times. This time, Lucid Dream adhere more closely to their trademark hard rock / heavy metal sound, with the longer tracks allowing for some progressive elements, and the concluding instrumental The Theater Of Silence, also nearly seven minutes long, even surprises with a string section.

In a time where most metal bands try to find success either with the more extreme variations of the genre or with scantily clad women in the female fronted symphonic metal hype, the courage and determinedness of a band like Lucid Dream deserves respect. Otherworldly is a totally unselfconscious journey into a time where hard rock and heavy metal had still that innocent allure that the genre lost once it exploded into countless subgenres. Good music by good musicians!

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