You have to be patient with Germany's Lanfear as it generally takes them three to four years put out a new album. This Harmonic Consonance is their sixth album in 16 years, following their successful X to the Power of Ten (2008).
First impressions being what they are, plain initial observations, one might qualify This Harmonic Consonance as Lanfear standing still, resting on previous laurels. Passing over the instrumental opening, Colours of Chaos and By-Product Nation come across as rudimentary power metal, nuanced with a little prog. But then The Reverend and Idiopathic Discreation follow, showing the bands more creative side. The nuances of progressive metal become larger elements in the arrangements, and so we find Lanfear excelling. I Robo Sapiens, Spectrophobia, and the lighter, and intriguing, Word Not Spoken find the band in full pursuit of this ideal. Earlier suspicions may resurface on the closing track, Disharmonic Consonance, but the bright keyboard presence and strong vocal arrangement make for entertaining accessibility.
While I'm not sure This Harmonic Consonance is up to the caliber of X to the Power of Ten (2008), it still proves Lanfear can offer creative and engaging progressive power metal. Recommended.