California metal band Prymary returns with their third album of epic progressive metal, The Enemy Inside. Every previous effort by Prymary has been an ambitious and sweeping work combining masterful arrangements and thoughtful lyrics. The Enemy Inside is no different and, though a slight bit heavier, probably their most accesssible and entertaining accomplishment. This album combines the technical power of, say, a Dream Theater or Redemption with the bleak despondency in mood and lyrics of an Evergrey as Prymary explores self-destruction and dreams unfulfilled. The latter is hardly surprising. Previously, on The Tragedy Of Innocence examined the abuse and early life of a child and how those events steer her towards a chaotic adult life.
To the course of the album, from the brilliant and expansive opening instrumental, which begins the five part title song, Prymary develops the depth of their composition and musical skill. Across this quintet, the band moves effortlessly between subtle, moving melody and profound tapestries of sound that echo the despair of its subject; parts four and five are stand outs. The following four tracks continue to explore the lyrical theme with more vigorous exercises in creative and vibrant arrangements with my favorits being the last two, Edge of Discovery, a mixture a genius and entertainment, and Trial and Tragedy, a showcase of Prymary's maturing talent. The Enemy Inside is all good: an exceptional piece of progressive metal which fans of the genre should dive straight into with sonic abandon.
Prymary's The Enemy Inside is all good: an exceptional piece of progressive metal which fans of the genre should dive straight into with sonic abandon.
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