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
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
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