Headspace - 'I Am Anonymous' (Inside Out Music/Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 04:30

HeadspaceAlthough the title of this debut album from Headspace is 'I Am Anonymous', the various members that make up this band won't be anonymous to many prog rock fans. Formed by Adam Wakeman, son of prog legend Rick and current keyboard player for Ozzy's band, Headspace also features Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson and bassist Lee Pomeroy who plays with It Bites and has also played with Steve Hackett, Rick Wakeman and even Take That! Guitarist Pete Rinaldi spent some time with Justin Hawkins in Hot Leg and drummer Richard Brook has played with Adam's dad Rick too. So there's a bit of a prog pedigree going on here for starters.

 

'I Am Anonymous' is a bold concept album based on the Kubler-Ross model, a theory explaining the five stages of grief that was constructed by a Swiss psychiatrist, and tackles themes of war and chaos. We'll leave the concept at that for now, we don't want a headache in our headspace! The album is certainly a fusion of modern progressive metal and more traditional progressive rock, sitting somewhere in the middle of the two. This is impressively illustrated on the sprawling and complex 'Daddy Fucking Loves You', which at fifteen minutes is the album's longest track, and for me the best moment. In fact bar the slightly saccharine piano ballad 'Soldier', none of the album's tracks clock in at less than eight minutes.

 

Other highlights include 'In Hell's Name', where Wakeman is let loose on the church organ for an almost hymnal opening section, and the epic full on prog metal attack of 'Fall Of America'. 'Invasion' also hits a good groove thanks to the solid rhythm section of Pomeroy and Brook. Adam Wakeman's keyboard work is also particularly impressive and inventive throughout. Damian Wilson puts in an extremely assured performance on vocals and lyrically it's pretty intense and serious. Pete Rinaldi also impresses on guitar duties, although on occasion for me this can veer too far into the soulless widdling territory of archetypal progressive metal.

 

A very ambitious, inventive and impressive debut album, 'I Am Anonymous' will certainly win this band an audience, particularly amongst fans of Dream Theater, who are clearly an influence. Fans of more pure, traditional progressive rock may find this album's forays into prog metal territory a little too much to take, but for me Headspace have struck a pretty perfect balance between the two.

 

A bright future awaits.

 

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