Futures End is the creation of Fred Marshall (v, Zero Hour), Jon Allen (d, Sadus, Testament, Dragonlord), Steve DiGiorgio (b, Sadus, Testament, Iced Earth), Marc Pattison (g), and Christian Wentz(g, Circle II Circle). On their debut release, Memoirs of a Broken Man, this powerhouse of talent brings a sweeping album of progressive power metal with a proficient technical edge. There's no escaping the masterful abilities of Pattison and Wentz as they burn up of the fret board in unison or in solo performance; take note of Endless Journey, Your Decay or Stand to Tall.
Memoirs of a Broken Man can seem it bit foreboding at times simply because Futures End eagerly supports a busy, hammering pace on most songs. Actually, as on the opener, and aptly named Relentless Chaos, the whole thrash/power metal muckity muck rages making the album a difficult start. Thankfully, beginning with Inner Self you begin to hear the precision infect the compositions making for a more interesting and entertaining adventure. Additionally, Futures End harnesses the sublime with melody on Beyond Despair, Share The Blame, and Stand to Fall while still being heavy. However, its the shear ambition and mesmerizing power of a song like Remembering Tomorrow that makes this disc a monumental metal play. Memoirs of a Broken Man will surely satisfy any metalhead who likes their metal heavy, powerful, and technical.
Futures End's Memoirs of a Broken Man will surely satisfy any metalhead who likes their metal heavy, powerful, and technical. The scope of story and song is only outpaced by the magnificence and power of the musicianship.
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