Based in the UK, Opposing Motion is a progressive metal band composed of both British and French session musicians. After a well-received EP, The Illustration in 2010, the band returns with their full length debut, Laws of Motion, on the Lion Music label.
With attention to both strong melodies and technical skill, Opposing Motion has created a rather dense album of prog metal. Most of this comes from the layers of riffage, but also the synth created orchestral layer. Yet within this are moments of delicateness often from piano as within Forever's Edge or Labyrinth of Mirrors.
For songs with greater complexity within the density, both Rites of Passage and closing three part The Fallen Opera are better examples of Opposing Motion's progressive metal. Alternatively, Echoes of the Soul adds some speed and heaviness for something more akin to prog-power metal. More interesting are two pieces, Las Lagrimas Del Diablo (The Devil's Tears) and the title track. Both are lighter pieces. The former moves upon gentle acoustic guitar with a symphonic layer, the latter upon piano and the same orchestration. Both are also better showcases for Ludo Desa's vocals and vocal arrangements. On other songs he sometimes seems muted or unemotional. Finally, the most spirited and accessible song is likely Forever's Edge as it moves more by its groove and melody and less by complexity. All in all, Laws of Motion is creative album and a worthy effort from Opposing Motion. Still I wonder if they bringing anything new to progressive metal genre. Recommended.
Opposing Motion's full length debut Laws of Motion is a dense album of progressive metal marked by layers of riffage and orchestration, but also moments endearing subtly.
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