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IMAGINERY ‘Long Lost Time’ (2005)

Imaginery is the brainchild of the multi talented Bob Katsionis, who has teamed up with the wonderful vocal talents of Swedish singer, Bjorn Jannson (Tears Of Anger). Initial listens suggested yet another generic power metal band, in the vien of Stratovarius, Angra and Gamma Ray. But if you stay with the album for a little more time, there is plenty on offer to sway you around to some more positive thoughts.

Speedy European sounding power metal yes, but the golden voice of Jannson, is pure gold, who unlike many of his peers, pours a lot of emotion and soul into delivering Bob Katsionis compositions. The music does get bogged down in places, there's nothing on offer that hasn't been done many time before.

The added bonus is a the trio of special guests, Gus G (Firewind, Dream Evil), Marcel Coenen (Lemur Voice/Sun Caged) and Micheal Harris, each adding some world glass guitar playing and some bistering fretboard work, that puts a nice shine on things.

With all these guests, its still the amazing voice of Bjorn Jannson, that steals the show for me, he reminds me of Glenn Hughes, vocally and having such a strong voice, that can carry an average song to greater heights. The songs range right across the metal specrum, with the fast songs, being equalled with the more melodic and soulful numbers.

The album's only let down is the production, nothing great, but not up to scratch of the above mentioned bands.


Review by Graham Boyle

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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