Exposé Online banner

Ubi Maior — Nostos
(Vinyl Magic VM 110 CD, 2005, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2008-01-01

Nostos Cover art

Prog metal is a genre which has grown as many arms as an octopus – or more. Italy especially is famous for many bands in this genre. Not that Ubi Maior is a pure prog metal band – no, there are many non-metal moments. At once one hears the professionality of this band, all players are (technically) competent and the interplay is fine too. Like in the prog-metal passages where the dark electric guitar chops reign, the synth is king in the stretched out sections, the atmospheric creator of thick swirls and high emotional outbreaks. But there are also beautiful passages were organ and piano form a unified diety. Despite all these strong points there’s no spark of a voice of their own, which would set this band apart from countless others. I haven’t heard any passages here which can surprise me, let alone astonish me. The mistake that many of these bands make is to not stray from the song-structure, missing the opportunity to penetrate onto new plains. So Ubi Maior is yet another newborn who tries to fill the gap which the complex prog from the past has left, but so far regretably fails.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Ubi Maior

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Silverman - Blank for Your Own Message – The secondary title for this release is “A Zen Opera in Seven Parts,” and I will set aside any questions about the appropriateness of the Buddhist reference. If you really want to call it an...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues