posted on 10/2002 By:
Progressive metal.. the term strikes fear in the hearts of metal fans everywhere, and for good reason. When done well, it can be superb, like Dream Theater and.. and.. well I'm sure there's another progressive band out there that is good! Unfortunately, Thine doesn't manage to do Prog very well.. at all really. It took me an entire day to get through this one, I had to "come up for air" so to speak, by listening to some Black Sabbath, my band of the day. The whole "weak boy singing about emotional pain" thing just doesn't do it for me. Production-wise, this album is pretty decent. But it could be much better, especially since there is so little distortion and so much cleanliness. When you have a really heavy album the production can be terrible and you'd think it was intentional, but when you have a clean album, poorly produced elements stand out even more. It's not terrible, but there's room for improvement. Maybe it's just the fact that the instruments aren't USED very well, but I just wasn't impressed. Speaking of the instrumentation and musicianship, like I said, I was unimpressed. The whole thing just cries out "weak". I wanted to go fire an AK47 over their heads or something to wake them up and create a little havoc. Seriously, I found my mind drifting constantly. I got an all-too-creepy R.E.M. vibe, which is ironic seeing as I was falling asleep. There's no real standout bad song, it's all just so depressingly average it made me want to dive into a mosh pit to wake myself up. All in all, below-average is the theme of the night here. I was just waiting for the CD to be done and not enjoying myself at all here, and I think everyone would agree that's a bad thing. It wasn't "terrible" by any sense of the word, just very, very forgettable. In the words of Bill & Ted, "non-non-heinous". I don't see anyone listening to this outside of the REM wannabe crowd, so if you are sadly a part of that, then by all means go get yourself some Thine.
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