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Review Heavymetal. no 22.04.14 - Posted in News http://heavymetal.no/blog/posts/distant-past-utopian-void

Great new review from Norway !! (Check the german translation !!)

"Progressively , the metal with a good finger in the ass to both Fates Warning and Warlord and heavy references to classic bands like Iron Maiden and etc.

This I liked very well."

Selskap: Private/Pure Steel Publishing

Release: 17.01.14

Fra første tone, og ihvertfall fra første vokalstrofe, hørte jeg at dette var bra.

Det er en litt odd type prog/metal/hardrock, som jeg falt for. Låtene er bra og hele besetningen er samlende mot kvalitet.

Vokalen er melodiøs, ganske kraftig og med et lite særpreg. Musikken er detaljert, klassisk metal, også melodiøs og med en flyt i arrangeringen som holder lytteren engasjert. Det er få dødpunkter, om du da liker dette i utgangspunktet. Noe holdt litt tilbake, uten at jeg helt fikser å sette fingeren på det, men det er flisespikkeri.

Distant Past@www

Progressivt, metal med en god finger i rompa til både Fates Warning og Warlord, samt tunge referanser til klassiske band som Iron Maiden og etc.

Dette likte jeg godt.

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7,5/10

Review MetalMusicArchives 16.04.14 - Posted in Utopian Void reviews http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/utopian-void/295404

"This is all about melodic Power Metal, with loads of balls and class shining through from the first note to the very last. It is passionate, it is powerful, and overall it is just great fun.They have the potential to be a quite stunning act."

Kev Rowland

The current version of Distant Past, the Swiss mystery-themed Heavy Rock/Metal band founded by A.Troiano (Emerald), now features former Emerald lead singer/guitarist Jvo Julmy on vocals, and this partnership is working very well indeed as the guys are really blasting out on this the fourth album under the Distant Past name. This is all about melodic Power Metal, with loads of balls and class shining through from the first note to the very last. It is passionate, it is powerful, and overall it is just great fun. True, there are times when the vocals aren’t quite true, and it would certainly help the overall feel if there was an anthem or two contained in the material, but overall this is an album that any metalhead will feel obliged to listen to all the way through, and then put it on again, only a little louder maybe.

The overall result is something that is knocking on the door of being something quite special, but probably not knocking quite hard enough. It is definitely much better than a lot of the metal I get to hear, but isn’t quite elevated enough to lift itself into the stratosphere. I would be intrigued to see these guys in concert and see what they are like live, and certainly look forward to the next album to see how they have moved from here, but the feeling that while they have the potential to be a quite stunning act, they aren’t quite there yet.
Review Speed of Light 16.04.14 - Posted in Utopian Void reviews "As a whole is therefore a good CD , especially if you like it colorful and fits like singing . It's not groundbreaking wallop , but well enough to listen to it and it's no longer underground in technical terms ..."

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Dávnejšie som recenzoval debutový album „Alpha draconis“. Kapela ma moc nenadchla, aj keď doska obsahovala aj parádne piesne. Rozhodne tu bol priestor a nádej na zlepšenie do budúcna. Na novinke sa čo-to zmenilo, aj hudobne. „Utopian void“ je lepší album ako jeho predchodca, ale EMERALD bol ešte lepší! Samozrejme, že tu pánom ide o iný hudobný smer, takže sa to ťažko porovnáva... Z EMERALD tu totiž máme, okrem bývalého basgitaristu, aj ich prvého speváka „Jva Julyho“! Takže vo Švajčiarksu máme EMERALD a potom „tú druhú kapelu“, DISTANT PAST, kde sú tí bývalí členovia z EMERALD... O čom je novinka DISTANT PAST? Hudobne je viac heavy ako „Alpha draconis“! Progres išiel do úzadia, pribudlo heavy metalu, občas aj nejaký ten powermetalový riff tu máme. Kapela sa stále baví pestrosťou tvorby, nehrá jeden hudobný štýl, ale lavíruje od hard rocku, cez groove, až po power metal. Je to aj celkom moderné, čo ma dosť prekvapilo. Posledná pieseň je v štýle BLACK SABBATH. Celkovo môžeme povedať, že ide o heavy metal, aj keď máme tu hard rock až power metal, ako v ktorej piesni, resp. časti piesne. Väčšinou nie je jedna pieseň celá v rovnakom štýle. CD je pestré, rôznorodé, ale celkom to funguje. Jasné, že meníme veľakrát melódie, štýly a nálady, ale nie je to úplný guláš. Prvé piesne hrajú akosi špinavo, zle, neviem prečo. Štvrtá „Faces“ hrá už ale dobre. Druhá „Sceptre“ alebo siedma „Guided by the stars“ sú inak riadny metal, škoda že DISTANT PAST nehrajú takto! Inak sa Jvo zlepšil spevácky, vie viac polôh a „divnú“ farbu má už len v niektorých hlasových polohách. Spev je inde ako na prvých dvoch doskách EMERALD! Čiže, ak vám tam nesedel, už neplatí, čo bolo, dnes spieva trochu inak. Ako celok je teda CD dobré, najmä, ak to máte radi pestré a sadne vám spev. Nie je to prevratná pecka, ale dosť dobre sa to počúva a už to nie je underground z technického hľadiska...

Maťo Kimlička
hodnotenie: 7/10

Jvo Julmy – vocals
Adriano Troiano – bass, keyboards
Christof Schafer – guitars
Alain Curty – guitars
Jan Zwiebel – drums

www.distant-past.ch
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