Wim : It took a long time but finally here it is, a new album by Anthropia, the French heavy prog band around Hugues Lefebvre. For those who want to know more about the background of the band, just read my review of their previous studio album 'Chain Reaction. From a one-man project, Anthropia has become a real band. Musically mainly inspired by bands like Dream Theater, Ayreon and Pain Of Salvation. This is also evident again on this new album ‘Non-Euclidian Spaces', a concept album.
You know that I am not particularly fond of concept albums. So I do not say anything about the story that is behind this new project of Lefebvre, based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft. As noted above: fans of bands like Dream Theater (‘The Melancholy Of RC’) and Ayreon can buy this release without any hesitation. For Lefebvre it was a dream come true that he was able to work with people like Arjen Lucassen (he does the narration) but also, for example, Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah), whose voice is on 'The Snake Den'. The band is distinguished by the fantastic contributions from the musicians; the guitars of both Lefebvre and Mouhad are brilliant, fast, tight and clear. And also drummer Damien Rainaud shows again that he knows how to play his instrument. Technically the songs are very cleverly constructed. That is progressive metal of the highest level, with riffs that easily compete with for example Symphony X. And yet something is missing. Yes, here I am again, the whiner. I am missing something. It's all very good, perhaps even too good! I miss the emotion. The purity. It all sounds so damn tight, clean and technically perfect, that's been at the expense of emotion. Furthermore, I cannot appreciate the vocals of Nathalie Olmi: she lacks personality and in my opinion she adds nothing to this band. Listen to 'The Part Of Them In Me' and you hear a singer who just does not have it, although her vocals on ‘Where The Stars Come Right’ are very nice.