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Lanfear: X To The Power Of Ten
Progressive/Power Metal
Rating: 4.75/5.0

A journey to Lanfear's web site is revealing. In the title bar you will see that they describe themselves as '100% Underrated German Metal.' I'm not sure if this appellation comes from a lack of mainstream recognition or simple humility (somehow I doubt the latter). Prior to 2005's 'Another Golden Rage,' I would have said Lanfear was 100% Ordinary German Metal, yet with promise. Since then Lanfear has become that rare metal band breed that continues to explore new musical horizons hoping to grow and surpass past accomplishments. Where once Lanfear was merely another (and ordinary) German power metal, they have evolved into something more and better. 'Another Golden Rage' began the transition into more progressive metal within the power metal context. Now, 'X To The Power Of Ten' finds Lanfear solidifying their prog metal credentials and so soaring to new heights. 'X' is a complete work: solid and satisfying throughout.

The greater progressive elements are found on such songs as 'Brave New Man,' The Question Keeper,' and 'A Twin Phenomenon.' Lanfear easily blends thrash and power metal with prog elements on 'My Will Be Done' and 'Synaptogenesis.' The single most important element that undergirds every song is the committment to melodic metal. 'Jugglin' At The Edge' and the amazing 'Just Another Broken Shell' emphasize this feature allowing the progressive elements to have a sound foundation and so shine even brighter.

I can honestly say that I was capitivated and pleased from beginning to end with 'X To The Power Of Ten;' there is not a dull moment on this great progressive metal work. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft

In Short

I can honestly say that I was capitivated and pleased from beginning to end with 'X To The Power Of Ten;' there is not a dull moment on this great progressive metal work.

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