"Epilogue" (Self-released; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There's a lot to like on Fireproven's "Epilogue." That's the good news. The bad news is that "Epilogue," as its title might suggest, will be the band's final album. They announced shortly prior to its release that they were disbanding for many reasons and that this would be their last release.

The progressive metal band offers a lot on "Epilogue." There are sweeping progressive metal soundscapes, soaring vocals, shrieking vocals, some great leads, some complex production. If you're a fan of progressive metal, I'm sure that you'll find plenty to love on "Epilogue."

Sadly, for me, it just didn't click. I enjoyed the elements of the album but, as a whole, it just didn't hold my interest. There were songs I really liked ("Haunted" was my favorite with its heavy, eerie sound) but there were more tracks that just made me wanna reach for the Next button on my player.

Now, I'm not the biggest fan of progressive metal. I mean, I like it, and there are bands that I listen to often that would fall into that genre, but I'm no aficionado. If you are, then I suggest you give Fireproven's "Epilogue" a listen. And, hey, drop me a note if you like it. I'd love to find out I'm just plain wrong about this one.

Fireproven: Sanna Solanterä – lead singer; Janne Väätämöinen – guitar and backing vocals; Juha Väätämöinen – bass and vocals; Ilari Hannula – keyboards; Nuutti Hannula – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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