Headspace – All That You Fear Is Gone

 [InsideOut, 2016]

Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone

Intro: Alexandros Topintzis
02 / 06 / 2016

If there is something annoying in most all-star encounters of prominent prog musicians, it is mainly the safety within which they compose and not their need for pretentious solos and uncontrolled show off. To be honest, I have begun to retrace the latter as unique glimpses of interest in identical patterns of cutesy refrain and harmless melodies. Having been fed up with the sugary scene built up by companies like InsideOut, about four years ago  a group appeared in the long-suffering area of progressive metal; a remarkable case of all-star group that included low profile musicians (session in their majority), the collective effort of which created a bright exception to the rule. Headspace and their debut I Am the Anonymous were a delightful break in the usual progressive mediocrity of this decade and we reasonably expected with positive predisposition their second attempt.

                                         


 

If the duration was shorter…

If there is something annoying in most all star encounters of prominent prog musicians, is mainly the “security” within which they compose and not their need for pretentious solos and uncontrolled show off. To be honest, I have begun to retrace the latter as unique glimpses of interest in identical patterns of cutesy refrain and harmless melodies. Having been fed up with the sugary scene built up by companies like InsideOut, about four years ago  a group appeared in the long-suffering area of progressive metal; a remarkable case of all-star group that included low profile musicians (session in their majority), the collective effort of which created a bright exception to the rule. Headspace and their debut I Am the Anonymous were a delightful break in the usual progressive mediocrity of this decade and we reasonably expected with positive predisposition their second attempt.

The synergy of 4 + 1 famous musicians in All That You Fear Is Gone remains interesting, but it has clearly lost much of the synthetic potential they initially had. The strong presence of Wilson’s voice in the compositions presupposes the existence of particular vocal melodies that promote the concept of each song. At some point Headspace fail to keep their ideas at a high level for the entire album.

Wakeman’s participation in the compositions surprised me, something which tends to be the absolute highlight of the album. Without the usual exaggeration that plague the synth masters of the genre (his father has put quite a hand in this), he delivers his most complete record presence, and this does not mean that any of the other musicians fell short in technical matters. A fact which confirms that we should not easily overlook the executive flair that manages to radiate, even if it does not work in parallel with inspiration. Definitely, I prefer this one compared to soft prog / aor “blessing” which is sold by well-known veterans barely surviving for several years.

6.5 / 10

Alexandros Topintzis

 

2nd opinion 

 

Well played heavy prog / progressive metal by Headspace that seem to find their feet after an equally technically perfect, but ” indigestible ‘ debut. Variety of sounds and moods, essential lyrics, unfortunately long in duration, exceptional vocals, tight playing and smooth flow between the tracks. Dynamic (as expected) result that will satisfy, but will not excite with something groundbreaking the potential listeners of the genre. Your life will change and The Science Within Us can be considered among their outstanding compositions.

7.5 / 10

Thanos Patsos

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