Pete Morten, My Soliloquy's founder, principle composer and guitarist is one busy guy. He played guitar on Threshold's latest, and marvelous, March of Progress, and subsequently joined the band. He also does lead vocals for Nightmare World and power metal band Metalloid. One of his My Soliloquy songs is heard in the English indie film Retribution.
Morten returns with his first full-length My Soliloquy project, The Interpreter. Once more you get his well-crafted hybrid of melodic progressive rock and metal, driven by his sound guitar work and interesting vocal style. It should be noted from the start that several songs here have appeared on his two previous demos and the Esoterica EP including Corrosive De-Emphasis, Fractured, and Inner Circles.
The My Soliloquy sound has often reminded me of a blend of Threshold and Queensryche. That latter feature may simply come from the feeling that Morten sounds like a cross pollination of Geoff Tate, with a little of Tobias Sammet and Lance King. While we shouldn't be surprised that this album is driven by Morten's lyrics and compositions, guitar and vocals, the progressive music listener will be satisfied from start to finish with The Interpreter, if only for the simple fact that we get, finally, a complete collection of his fine music. Pointing to his vocals and vocal arrangements, you get a more straight forward style with Six Seconds Grace, then mixed with the eclectic with Inner Circles, and the inspiring on the concluding Star. As to his guitar, it's rather impressive throughout while remaining in the traditional rock and metal style.
Perhaps the only thing that would have made this album better was three more new songs rather than a repetition of the past. Conversely, since those songs probably did not get their proper amount of audience in the first place, it's good that they're included here. My Soliloquy's The Interpreter is an exceptional album of progressive metal and strongly recommended.
Coming from composer and multi-instrumentalist Pete Morten, My Soliloquy's The Interpreter is an exceptional album of progressive metal and strongly recommended.
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