(All Album Reviews by doh)
Metaepitome is the latest release from Overhead, a Finnish progressive rock band. Since they were previously unknown to me, I can't compare this to their first release, but if it's anything like this one, I am interested. Metaepitome is starting to garner some attention and was recently featured as Record of the Month at the German rock magazine, Eclipsed. Interest in Europe is beginning to expand as evidenced on the website by increased exposure in Italy, Holland, and Germany. This is deserved attention as Metaepitome is an original, melodic, entertaining piece of work.
While the music of Overhead is consistent and recognizable from track to track, it remains original and it is hard to compare to any other more well-known band. It usually has the more relaxed feel of Pink Floyd, but with the more modern touch of the Flower Kings, and the musicianship of Spock's Beard. The bulk of the CD is in two 15-minute-plus bookended tracks called "Metaepitome" and "Dawn". "Metaepitome" is my favorite track on the whole album. I'm often amazed how a 19-minute song can remain fresh and exciting for the whole track. "Dawn" is also very good. It broods and builds before joining a long fade-out section which appropriately closes out the album. Of the middle four tracks, "Warning (without Warning)" is my favorite. Although only seven minutes in length, it traverses several styles and moods before ending with a heavier, bass-driven section.
There's definitely an audience for this kind of progressive rock, especially among the "neo" fans, and definitely worth a second listen.