AGE OF NEMESIS - Terra Incognita (2002)  & Psychogeist (2006) [VBR]
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country : Hungary
AGE OF NEMESIS biography (Progarchives):
NEMESIS is a very progressive band in the same vein as the Polish band ABRAXAS. They have a sound that combines the heaviness of metal, with the influences of prog rock, with a touch of folk throw in for uniqueness. They drive their sound with a strong guitar crunch, heavy keyboards, and progressive elements. Also this band is following in the style of DREAM THEATER, more so from the older albums like "Awake or Images and Words", where there were more crunchy songs, and a larger metal influence.
In August 2005 the band decided to change their name from Nemesis to Age Of Nemesis after they discovered that there are at least nine bands worldwide using the name Nemesis.
TERRA INCOGNITA (2002) - (review at Progarchives):
The second album of the band followed the first one after a quite short period of time, but for the third we had to wait almost 3 years. In the meantime the band split up and was reformed, they got a record deal with a U.S. label and the new line-up released their first album with English lyrics. But the record contained only old songs which were re-recorded. But we had a chance to hear what the new vocalist is capable of. And if he did not disappoint on that record he wont do it here either.
The sound is somewhere near to what they had on “Abraxas” but somehow the new singer brings a fresh breath to the band. His voice is at home both in the lower and higher regions and is able to express very different states. The other new members (bass and drums) integrated themselves well in the band, and the old duo guitar and keyboards, well, they just perform at the usual high level. The keyboard being the essential part of each and every song providing a kinda frame to the songs, but when called upon delivers inspired solos. Fabian Zoli’s guitar is the leading instrument in this symphony, but he already proved that he is a gifted musician on the previous releases. His melody lines and solos as great as ever.
In comparison to the previous records one can notice that the songs got more complex, not all of them hit from the very beginning, but after a while each songs proves to be worth spending more time listening to it. They will reward your patience in their own way, providing you some really magical moments. In spite of all their complexity and length the songs are still very compact and well constructed, they are just as long as they should be.
With their concept album “Terra Incognita” the band is not at all traveling on unknown realms. It is the realm of progressive magic, and they prove once again that they are the masters of it. In the end it must be said that the album was worth waiting for.
1. Az Élet Fája (6:42)
2. Találkozás a Hihetetlennel (8:06)
3. A Fények földjén (6:24)
4. A Titok (1:25)
5. Másik Lét (5:26)
6. Belsõ Tûz (7:57:)
7. Inferno (4:07)
8. A Bûnös Mindig Más (6:05)
9. Bocsásd Meg a Bûnömet (5:24)
10. Miért? (1:50)
11. Vérzõ Hold (5:15)
12. Zuhanás az Örökkévalóságba (8:54)
Total Time: 68:35
- László Nagy / drums
- Zoltán Kiss / vocals
- Csaba Berczelly / bass
- Zoltán Fábián / guitars
- György Nagy / keyboard
PSYCHOGEIST (2006) - (review at Progarchives):
I consider four stars the same as saying that this prog metal CD is 8/10 and in comparisons to other prog metal released these days I consider this to be a fair rating. Age of Nemeses are a talented band they have close to Dream Theater chops and they Know how to craft a song, to draw the listener in to their Dark at times bleak world. The recording is state of the art probably the best engineered CD i have heard in a long time (peaks at 99 db without any clipping) and the presentation of the CD art is nice however some lyrics would have been even nicer. This CD is unrelenting prog metal and I do emphasis metal. The singer is great, you need to consider Age of Nemeses are Hungarian but the Singer manages to sing with perfect English diction and he has an impressive range. The keyboard player plays in a classic prog style at times reminding me of Keith Emerson . The Rest of the band are also equally impressive. One small complaint is for my tastes I would have liked a few more mellow parts to the CD as I said before this is unrelenting prog metal that any Pain of Salvation fan , Dream Theater fan or Pagan`s Mind fan should investigate.