Artist:  Consortium Project
   Title: Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World)
   Label: Lion Music

Originally 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 band.

This 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.

The album takes us on a monstrous ride through huge melodies and titanic overtures all interwoven in Power Metal splendour and grace.

From 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.

Things 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.

There 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.

It's 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’.

It's 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.

The 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.

The 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 World)'.

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.  

Tracklisting:

1. The Council Of Elders
2. Spirit Of Kindness
3. The Ark (Of The Covenant)
4. Lost Empire
5. Reductio Ad Absurdum
6. White Sands (California Lighthouse)
7. Great Exploration
8. Across The Seven Seas
9. Nemesis
10. Beyond The Gateway Of Legends
11. Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World)
12. Great Exploration
13. Terra Ingonita (The Undiscovered World)

                   

 

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