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Andromeda: The Immunity Zone
Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.25/5.0

With a makeshift lineup, Andromeda emerged in 2001 with their debut CD ‘Extension Of The Wish.’ The now progressive classic leaned to the technical side and sounded somewhat like a scaled back version of Watchtower or Spiral Architect. After solidifying their lineup, the band opted for more of a Dream Theatre-type sound on their next two efforts ‘II = I,’ and ‘Chimera.’ The Swedish proggers are back in 2008, and now combine the best of both worlds on their latest album ‘The Immunity Zone.’

There is a lot of diversity on this disc, even for a prog band. The disc’s opener ‘Recognizing Fate,’ sounds a bit choppy and disjointed at first, but the band quickly settles in and delivers some of their most powerful material yet. Second track ‘Slaves Of The Plethora Season’ is a memorable, buoyant tune and has a 70’s classic rock vibe to its keyboards. ‘Worst Enemy’ is a heavy yet slower song, with deep lyrics about inner conflict that most of us can relate to. ‘Another Step’ is a screamer that sounds more like it would belong on a Symphony X album; and closer ‘Veil Of Illumination’ is a griping 17-plus minute epic. Everything on ‘The Immunity Zone’ is done with class and sounds great.

Like most progressive metal bands, Andromeda’s sound can be an acquired taste. In the case of ‘The Immunity Zone’ it only takes a few spins before you are salivating for more. It might not be the instant classic that ‘Extension Of The Wish’ was, but it’s definitely a step back in the right direction for Andromeda.

In Short

Like most progressive metal bands, Andromeda’s sound can be an acquired taste. In the case of ‘The Immunity Zone’ it only takes a few spins before you are salivating for more. It might not be the instant classic that ‘Extension Of The Wish’ was, but it’s definitely a step back in the right direction for Andromeda.

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