LALU ‘Oniric Metal’ (2005)
Lalu are what some might call a 'supergroup', which features Ryan Van
Poederooyen from (The Devin Townsend Band) and Russell Bergquist
(formerly from Annihilator). Also featured on this crushing debut are
Joop Wolters (guitarist of Arabesque) and Martin LeMar from
The music is progressive metal, with some bone crunching guitar with
from Wolters, and some atmospheric keyboards suppiled by Vivien Lalu.
I'm pleased to say that music on offer here will please both prog
rock and metal fans alike, with an emphasis on songs, rather than the
standard music complexity and over indulgence, that many bands from
these genre's seem to be hell bent on these days.
One thing that detracts from the please of the excellent music on
offer here is the muddy mix and lack of treble on the albums
production, I guess that's who equalizers are for, unfortunately,
this reviewer does not have one on his music listening equipment, or
believe in the use of them anyway!
Nothing really that memorable here, a few chorus's stand out and
there is some very nice keyboards here and there, and as a massive
fan of Dream Theater I can say there is nothing to remind me of them
here. Perhaps an almost original sounding progressive album has come
Review by Graham Boyle