Artist: Consortium Project
released in 2003, 'Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World)' saw
vocalist Ian Parry (Elegy / Crystal Tears / Infinity Overture), once
again team up with some of metals best musicians from Consortium Project
mainstays, in guitarist Stephen Lill (Vanden Plas), drummer Casey Grillo
(Kamelot) and bassist Jan Bijlsma (Vengeance) and welcomed guest
musicians Mike Chlasciak (Halford) and Sascha Paeth (Heaven’s Gate) to
the third in the quadrilogy takes up the story some 375 years after the
effects of global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer,
resulting in worldwide pollution and drops in temperature, forcing the
Neofems to take refuge in a biosphere with the outside world continued
frozen for centuries.
album takes us on a monstrous ride through huge melodies and titanic
overtures all interwoven in Power Metal splendour and grace.
the opening barrage of ‘The Council Of Elders' and 'Spirit Of
Kindness', the depth of the story unfolds and Parry really bringing
things to life with a fantastic vocal.
continue on the prog metal front with stunning ‘The Ark (Of The Covenant)', this time a more heavier thunderous vibe running through
this one, but again it's Parry’s vocals that are the highlight, as his
ability to bring life to the song is just amazing, he truly is a great
story teller and singer all in one.
is a haunting air to ‘Lost Empire’ that really is brought to light
with some stunning soaring guitar work, then the heavier speed tones of
‘Reductio Ad Absurdum’ really give Jan Bijlsma and Casey Grillo time
to show what thunderous rhythms they bring to mix, on this mixture of
both power and grace.
time for a touch of North Africa with the majestic ‘White Sands
(California Lighthouse)’, with Parry duetting with Ingeborg Wieten on
this touching ballad, then keeping that air of Eastern promise going
with the heavier towering tones with ‘Great Exploration’.
back to the heady bass lines and soaring keyboards for the mystical
‘Across The Seven Sea’, before the keyboards lead the way on the
fantastic metal tones of ‘Nemesis’. Then that North African,
almost Marrakech feel, is brought back into the mix with ‘Beyond The
Gateway of Legends’, featuring another great mixture of traditional
music alongside Progressive Metal, which on paper shouldn't work, but it
just does wonderfully.
main album closes with the title track 'Terra
Incognita (The Undiscovered World), with a choral start adding that
extra atmospheric to proceedings, before the track really takes off on
thumping bass and drums roar, then the guitars and keyboards join the
party, all leading to the point when Parry’s vocals rise about the
chaos and bring translucency to the climax of the album.
album also boasts two bonus tracks, as have the last two re-mastered
versions of the album, this time it’s the demo versions of 'Great
Exploration' and the title track 'Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered
This is a great album and should be a must buy for all fans of great Prog Metal and fans of the like of Vanden Plas, Kamelot, Conception, Rhapsody of Fire and Symphony X.
The Council Of Elders
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