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The formation of Imaginery dates back to 1996, when Bob Katsionis started to work on a project called "Mirage". The name was later changed to "Imaginery", and their debut album "Oceans Divine" got released in 2001 by Greek Steel Gallery Records. The line-up of the band has changed few times during the band's lifespan, and Imaginery's second album, Long Lost Pride, features the debut appearance of Björn Jansson (the singer from Tears of Anger). Long Lost Pride also features various guest solo performances from Gus G., Marcel Coenen and Michael Harris.
The music on Long Lost Pride is heavy, yet groovy power metal with strong basis on melodic guitar work. As usual (regarding power metal bands), there's a fair amount of copying the other bands of the scene. However, it has been done well, and thus it doesn't leave "bitter aftertaste" to listener. Nevertheless, musically there are few things that are a bit disturbing. For example, on 'Korozon (the Lord of Evil)' the band has used a ready-made "rhythmic pad" from Steinberg's X-phraze on the 30-second-intro.
This album has been produced somewhat well. The sounds are clear and powerful, but at times a small amount of background distortion gets leaked into the mix. Otherwise the sounds are quite apposite. Nonetheless, the bonus track (Dark Angel) has rather bad production. It sounds almost as it never has gone through the post-production stage. In addition, the whole album has been mastered rather loud (squashing the mix).
All in all, Imaginery's second album is rather good power metal album. It still has room for improvement, but the overall result is more than promising.
Release date: March 25th, 2005
There are samples of "When All Is Gone" and "The Sign of Today" on the official Imaginery website for you to listen.
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- MAGE (March 23rd, 2005)
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