1. Reality's Door
3. Four Mirrors
5. Faith (instrumental)
6. Eternal Circle
8. Viragenek (Hungarian Folksong)
To date, there are at least three bands calling themselves "Nemesis", one of whom should be quite familiar to knowledgeable metal fans. As most people know, Nemesis in Sweden ultimately morphed into Candlemass, found a really large opera guy and helped create the foundation for modern doom metal. Meanwhile, some rap guys put out a few albums as Nemesis, but they didn't do nearly as much for doom metal. Now we have an outfit from Hungary calling themselves Nemesis and they are neither doomy or rapping about a post-communist state. Instead, they are peddling a very familiar style of melodic "prog" rock, with heavy emphasis on melody.
This, of course, is where I insert all the drivel about "these are talented musicians", "you've heard this all before on different CDs" and all that nonsense. With the majority of music being derivative of something else, it's really hard to find innovative or unique music anymore, especially in the clone heavy world of so-called progressive metal. So we'll play the tier game. There are several tiers to music. The lowest tier are the untalented bands who should never have been signed in the first place. Nemesis truly is well above that. The next tier are bands that show some promise, but just don't have much in the way of songwriting ability. Nemesis does show some songwriting ability. While familiar sounding, a few of these songs have very catchy melodies and are delivered with solid execution. The next tier is where Nemesis solidly dwells. Good music that doesn't stray too far beyond their influences, but is hard to get really enthusiastic about without being a fanatic of that particular style. The final tier is reserved for maybe ten percent of bands from any given style. These are the innovators and incredible songwriters who move the music from simply music to a coveted artform that makes fans wax profound and philosophical and generally make asses of themselves on internet forums. Drool accompanies their posts.
Anyhow, the quick rundown is that Nemesis falls into the territory of Dream Theater and melodic-era Fates Warning, do a pretty good job, have some catchy songs on Eden?, feature a vocalist with a very powerful voice and a tendency to avoid showy excesses of technical ability. If this sounds like your cup of tea, go for it. Just make sure you fall into the category of fans who just can't get enough of this particular thing.
Review by John Chedsey
Review date: 02/2004