MS Metal Records (Release date – out now)
Perc3ption are a Brazilian outfit who have been together since 2007. This debut album was released back in their native country last year and is only now reaching Europe. The album is a concept with the theme of science battling religion, all played out in a power/prog metal style.
The album opens with ‘Trust Yourself’ which after a piano led intro gallops off at a pace and style reminiscent of Queensryche jamming with Dream Theater. This gives you a good indication of where the rest of the album is heading with heavy riffs, strong basslines and complex rhythms coming thick and fast.
Vocals are provided by Luiz Fernando Poleto who has a strong voice and copes well with some of the more complex melodies. A mention should also go to the bass player, who as well as providing excellent bass work, has the wonderful name of Wellington Consoli.
Most of the tracks featured clock in at 6 or 7 minutes long and can outstay their welcome at times. However if you worship at the altar of Dream Theater you will be in your element here. Stand out tracks for me were ‘Surrender’, ‘Illuminati’ which heads into Maiden country, and the epic ‘Beyond The End Of Life’ which rounds off the album with all guns blazing.
Perc3ption have produced a solid debut here which shows a lot of musical skill and should create some interest within prog metal circles across Europe and beyond.
Review by Dave Wilson
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