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Mercury Rising — Building Rome
(Dominion Records DR 2909, 1998, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1999-04-01

Building Rome Cover art

Of late I have had to re-evalute my definition of what I thought progressive metal was. Take Mercury Rising, for example: the vocals are understandable, the guitar licks are not Metallica based, and there are no double bass drum assaults. The CD liner notes do not credit who does what, but the singer isn't a clone of anyone, his voice is slightly different than most in this style. On further listens I began to discover some inventive writing; songs like "Building Rome" and "The Occurrence of Tomorrow" have interesting chord progressions. While they follow the same path many other bands have taken, they seem to be learning how to add something different to make the music more interesting and mature. I believe this is the second album by this band, and shows much promise. I also credit Mercury Rising for releasing a 45 minute CD, way too many bands feel the need to fill this silver circle up.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 17, 1998 releases

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