The Protagonist - _A Rebours_
(Cold Meat Industry, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
With a definite knack for themes based on tragedy and the passions of sombreness comes the eloquent ways of The Protagonist, a one man outfit that shines ultra-bright in the creative department. Well-orchestrated arrangements, mixed with enchanting violin work and rumbles of drumming, echo throughout this release, drawing the listener further in as each arrangement is played. This is powerful music to explore, though music that only the die-hard ambient/orchestral music fans would pick up on. I can't see the classic death metal fan really getting into this, though many metal heads out there do have a wide spectrum of metal music. Some do -- not all. Anyway, The Protagonist glides with eloquence through its eight tracks, never really slowing down. Reading like an epic motion picture soundtrack, _A Rebours_ is packed to the hilt with brilliance, just waiting for the many who give it a spin to fall head first into the emotions displayed here.

(article published 13/2/1999)

2/28/2006 Q Kalis 7.5 The Protagonist - Songs of Experience
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