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Scenery Channel


Dark to Light

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Unsigned
Genre: [Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.0

Scenery Channel is a progressive rock band from Finland. Their style is a fusion of Progressive Rock and Metal. Despite of their young age, they've been able to write very enjoyable songs.

This is their 3rd demo and so far they've been able to keep on improving. This demo contains three songs, which are all quite diverse and original. You'll notice influences from Dream Theater to Freak Kitchen. For example, the first track 'Silence Like a Scream' has a guitar solo inspired by Mattias 'IA' Eklundh. Tommi Inkilä, guitarist, has good technique and doesn't relapse into shredding atonal patterns... Scenery Channel concentrates on composing instead of showing off what they're able to do — a sign of mature musicians.

Unfortunately they're still unsigned, but maybe this third demo will get them more attention. Although this CD is a home recording, there aren't much to complain about the sound quality. Mixing has been done successfully, but mastering could have been done slightly better. Vocals have been brought just slightly too front, nevertheless, it doesn't disturb in any way — some people may like it that way. Highlight of this album is the second song 'Beacon', which is really good. Also the other songs are good, especially the solo on 'Caged By the Dark' is felicitous (it's actually quite reminiscent of John Petrucci's lead work). This demo spins for about 19 minutes, and during those 19 minutes Scenery Channel proves that they should be taken seriously. They aren't lacking anything but a record deal, which is just a matter of time. I wish all the best to the band.

Be sure to check their homepage at http://www.scenerychannel.com. At the moment you can listen all of their songs there.

- MAGE (06.07.2004)

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Inkilä, Tommi: Guitar
Lankinen, Mikko: Vocals
Hiltula, Pasi: Keyboards
Jakola, Olli: Drums
Lahdenperä, Nipa: Bass
Producer: Scenery Channel
Mixing by: Inkilä, Tommi
Mastering by: Inkilä, Tommi
Scenery Channel - Dark to Light  CD  Cover Image
01. Silence Like a Scream
02. Beacon
03. Caged by the Dark
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