Creation’s End – Metaphysical

October 21, 2014 in Reviews by Dagg

Creations End Metaphysical

Creation’s End – Metaphysical

Reviewed by Mark Nagy

Creation’s End is an American progressive metal band featuring Mike DiMeo of Riot and Masterplan fame, as well as Marco Sgofli from James LaBrie’s Mullmuzzler. While I say progressive metal, this really exists somewhere between melodic prog metal and straight up traditional heavy metal. The band’s second album, Metaphysical, is dominated by mid-tempo and upper mid- tempo tracks built upon DiMeo’s versatile voice and Sfolgi’s rather excellent shredding. Occasionally, this will be paired with some really effective hooks, but it’s nowhere near consistent enough to warrant much attention unless you’re already a fan of the musicians involved.

Mike DiMeo is much the same here as he was with Masterplan (and I assume Riot, but I’ve not listened to much Riot). He’s got a raspy, blues-metal voice that works great when against melodic metal. As someone not easily impressed by shredding, his performance was really what held the album together. In particular, the vocals on “Part Of Me” are especially memorable, featured in a surprisingly catchy, almost pop-influenced chorus. It’s not all smiles though, and there are a couple songs near the end of the album, particularly “Turn Away”, where he sounds pretty bad and not at all on his game.

For fans of the technical guitar playing and shredding, “This Heart” and “All I Have” are sure to be memorable and worthwhile listens. In fact, if I could isolate Sfolgi’s solos from of the rest of the album, I’d probably enjoy it quite a bit. At the very least, it would be easier to forget the fact that the album moves along at pretty much one tempo for 80% of the album. “Bring To Life” deviates from this, pushing into faster territory and, unsurprisingly, has my favorite solos on the album. If this record were to have more variety in tempo, I’d imagine rhythm guitar player Rudy Albert would probably have much more of a chance to shine. He’s got some great riffing, but it just gets lost in the haze.

As stated in the introduction however, this album has an issue with maintaining quality. The actual tone of the album is very consistent throughout. It strikes the same traditional/progressive balance which is essentially a more complex approach to traditional but modernized heavy metal. There’s actually very little variety at all on Metaphysical, and only that group of aforementioned songs, which make up about one third of the album, really stand out to me as a quality expression of the band’s formula. I’m sure there’s a group of fans that will find the album rather enjoyable, but I can’t really imagine looking at this and thinking it’s anything more than slightly above average.

3.0 // 5