Review by Denis on August 2, 2003.
If I'm basing my judgment on the cover art, an intergalactic dog warrior, this is not a very serious album, so once again, does humor belong in music? On the other hand, if you look at the songs title, they make you think you're dealing with a serious prog metal CD.
So what is it actually? Well this is more serious than my last album I reviewed (Method of Destruction's "The Rebel You Love to Hate") but not to the point to be considered a deep down prog metal opus either. To be more specific, I would rather call it a heavy metal album with a progressive song writing and some kind of a space opera concept.
The main musical direction are short compositions beating at mid-fast pace with some pretty intricate structure but bound to be good driving music as well. Complex and catchy too, definitely a kicker you know where... My feet just kept following the beat in happy harmony. "Traveller" is not too serious or extreme in any way, shape or form. Not as fast as a power album, thank God! Only on one song 'The Final Gambit' is included some double kick but far from me to make you believe that the drumming sucks because it doesn't! It's great and pounds loud enough for my taste and forms with the bass parts a hell of a good tight rhythm section brought upfront by good production work. The driver here is the awesome guitar work in whatever style or form it is used. Clean vocals reminiscent to uncle Ozzy with a lower pitch are being used for story telling, which by the way suits the music and style perfectly. Amongst the best compositions are: 'High Passage/Low Passage,' 'Asteroid Belts,' 'Vagr Theme/Confrontation(Genetic Prophecy)' and the much doom sounding 'Vagr Moon.'
Bottom Line: "Traveller" should keep you alive and kickin'.
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Rating: 7.6 out of 10