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Entertaining Thanatos

by Metaphor

Progressive rock, interesting time signatures, creative vocals, and strong musicality, complexity
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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2. Galatea 3.3
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3. When It All Comes Together
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4. Raking the Bones
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5. Call Me Old and Uninspired or Maybe Even Lazy and Tired but Thir
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6. Yes & No
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7. Wheel of the World
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After the wide critical acclaim and success of their first CD, "Starfooted," San Francisco-area progressive rock band Metaphor presents their outstanding second effort, Entertaining Thanatos. Read the reviews at www.metaphor.org.

Here is great progressive rock featuring new depths of compositional ideas as Metaphor continues to explore its evolving musical identity. Metaphor's first CD was praised for its musicality, harmonic sensibilities, and thoughtful vocals. Listeners will find "Entertaining Thanatos" evocative of not only the golden age of prog, but also the modern day -and future- of the genre.

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experimental contemporary symphonic prog, re-invents itself in a provocative and
There is much more about Metaphor than what Meets The Ear!

The challenge that I am proposing myself with this review is to try and explain the “why” that hides behind my opening statement. And so I’ll exercise a bit while asking for the readers permission and understanding to bare my thoughts and dissertations about Entertaining Thanatos.

Not wanting to enter the realms of “anatomize” the musical content yet, I’ll focus my first lines on the thing that amazes me the most about this US based band: The lyrical side of the band. While most progressive bands base their core on the musical side of the things, while lyrically telling stories which can be sci-fi, fantastic or mundane, that is not the path this band has chosen. If with their debut Starfooted the band focused their mindset upon the mechanisms of Creation, the reason of things and the mysteries of life, with Entertaining Thanatos the band goes even further, exploring the greatest mystery of life, that being…Death! Using metaphors, mythology, history characters or simply personal views, the band theorizes, questions and wonders about the ultimate step we will all take. The brilliancy of the lyrics (with their highest point in the closing Wheel of the world) and the way the vocal work has been set to represent each view, character or mind state the band wants to present or transmit at each moment, is thoughtfully done to detail. The listener is driven to feel the lyrics, more than the music itself .

OK, so musically this album is also challenging. Just like their first release, Entertaining Thanatos needs several listens before one can start to successfully absorb its deambulations and rambles. If both guitar and keyboard work is what sets the melodically friendly parts, those same instruments suddenly become fecund in unpredictability. The keyboards often draw slightly dissonant patterns and the guitar gets higher pitches, collecting and imprisoning wrathful feelings. The most obvious Genesis connections (so well recognized in their first album) are almost completely gone (except for some keyboard lines very reminiscent of something from Lamb Lies Down…), substituted by a broader and more inventive array of compositional tricks. This is most obvious throughout the first 4 tracks. Track 5 for instance (yes, the one with the enormous name) sounds like a small interlude in the album continuous structure. Here the band experiences some Gentle Giantish approaches, in a twisting surprise that enriches the album. The opus track Yes & No is the one that comes closer to the sonic voyages of the first album. Nonetheless it also continues to strive in widening the musical scope where the band moves.

Entertaining Thanatos is an experimental album. It confines itself within the shell of contemporary symphonic prog while combining long term (70’s) leanings, but still re-invents itself in a provocative and refreshing way.

This is a very good album that is set to be heard, read and felt through and not at all a mere listening exercise. This way, and only this way, you’ll get to the real purpose, understand it….and you’ll feel better about “taking your chance on the wheel of the world.