When I receive an album with the words “mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs (Textures, Face Tomorrow)”, my heart starts beating faster. I’m talking about the Dutch progressive rock/metal band Semistereo. They released their third full length album ‘Trans Earth Injection in February this year and it contains 7 long and epic songs.
When a band is talking about ‘epic songs’, it mostly means that things become boring after a while. With the music on this album, it’s mainly the variety of the melodic rock/metal songs that are basically most interesting. It reminds me to bands like Porcine Tree, Alter Bridge and Tool, so there’s enough to discover along the musical trip. The weak thing is, that the songs are mainly slow, so in the end it becomes a little bit long-lasting and cheesy. I miss some kind of aggressive and touch in the songs.
Don’t get me wrong, because the songs are technical and melodic like hell and the sound is very good. For me the song ‘Sin’ is the highlight on this album. It includes all the ingredients a progressive song needs and the vocals are just great. This album is perfect music to listen to when you wanna relax or before you go to bed. Don’t expect furious guitar riffs and mind blowing solos, but if you like progressive and melodic rock/metal, this is something you don’t wanna miss.
Score: 7.2/10 ★★★☆☆
01. A New Tomorrow (5:34)
02. The Search (10:41)
03. Loneliness at the Door (5:13)
04. 35 Dollar Special (6:07)
05. The Storm Behind Your Eyes (4:58)
06. Your Drama (7:29)
07. Sin (10:28)