Swiss band Appearance of Nothing was founded by Pat Gerber (Vocals/Guitar) and Yves Lüthi (Drums) back in the 90‘s under the name No Thanx. After two of the original members left, the band found a new bass player (Omar Cuna) and a new keyboard player (Marc Petralito). AON began writing their own songs and in the absence of a lead vocalist, Gerber took the reigns. Still more changes came as Appearance of Nothing brought in Peter Berger (ex-Daydreamer) to join the band as lead guitarist allowing Gerber to concentrate on vocals. Additionally, Cuna assumed the role of a second lead vocalist giving AON a new musical perspective. As 'Wasted Time' developed, AON recruited Markus Teske who worked with progressive metal bands Vanden Plas, Symphony X, prog rockers Saga and melodic rockers The Ladder on 'Sacred' to handle production responsibilities. 'Wasted Time' reflects AON's peers and influences like Dream Theater and Symphony X, but their version of progressive rock/metal is entirely their own.
As you venture into 'Wasted Time' you will find that you time is not being wasted at all. The dual vocals of Gerber and Cuna are a welcome difference when most bands these days combine clean and dirty vocals in predictable way. There is some gruffness here and there, but nothing nearing death metal tendencies. The opening song 'Man In The Mirror' displays this brilliantly. Another significant characteristic about the music is the Petralito's keyboard work. Sometimes it's mysterious and elusive like on 'Drifting Away,' other times it can be unusual and eclectic as found on 'The Gambler.' Overall the songs are well-crafted and pleasing. Though I enjoyed the whole work certain tracks really jumped out at me including the title cut with its sparring keys and guitar, 'Wrapped In Silence,' killer guitar work, and three part 'The Science Of Light,' symphonic and powerful. In the midst of all this, Peter Berger displays some great fret work as well.
Appearance Of Nothing's 'Wasted Time' is a true gem of progressive rock and metal. This band works well together offering inspired arrangements and expert musicianship. Without exception, highly recommended.
Appearance Of Nothing crafts some fine progressive rock and metal on Wasted Time. It's a strong debut which will surely please prog fans everywhere. Waste not time and pick it up.