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  Transmission Records -
  After Forever: Remagine

After Forever
Track listing:
  1. Enter
2. Come
3. Boundaries are open
4. Living shields
5. Being everyone
6. Attendance
7. Free of doubt
8. Only everything
9. Strong
10. Face your demons
11. No control
12. Forever
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Reviews: 2

Review by arielext January 14, 2006 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I have been a fan of this band since the beginning, this is the first album they put on SA-CD. I only listened to the multi-channel version at home, and ripped the redbook for portable usage.
They tend to mix a lot of extra dynamics in the mc mix which is a bit overdone for me. Sonicly it's a fine CD imho, centrainly heard worse cd's from the same label (Epica of instance).
A must-have for the real fans, a nice addition for the rest.

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Review by racerguy October 1, 2005 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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What a waste of money this turned out to be! I'm a closet metal fan, so I had to get this disc. After Forever has been hyped quite a bit in Europe, and they count several bands I like as influence. Unfortunately, the influence didn't have as much of an effect as could be hoped.

In a nutshell, the only thing this band has going for it is their singer - a young, tall brunette woman with a very powerful soprano voice. The music itself is about as formulaic as it gets - nearly every song sounds the same.

As to sonics, I am primarily a stereo-only listener. Perhaps the surround-sound mix is what made this release worth putting on SACD; I don't know. The stereo sonics are pretty bad. Bass and drums are dense, murky, indistinct. Treble is tipped up, making guitars rather piercing instead of crunchy. As I mentioned, the singer has a powerful soprano, but there's so much reverb and phase effects put on her voice that it is blurry-sounding most of the time.

I've heard run-of-the-mill heavy-metal Redbook CDs that are superior recordings/transfers.

My recommendation is to avoid this disc unless you really like buying listen-once kind of stuff.

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