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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
Review getreadytorock 31.03.14 - Posted in Utopian Void reviews

DISTANT PAST – Utopian Void

Swiss metal band return with their second album and judging by the line-up they have other bands too, certainly in the case of bass player Adriano Troiano and drummer Jan Zwiebel who are both in Emerald.

Listening to this album brought to mind Queensryche in their prime mainly due to the high end vocals of Jvo Julmy and Iron Maiden in the guitar playing. Plus like the aforementioned Iron Maiden this band revel in historical based epics like the excellent ‘The Hell Of Verdun’. For some no nonsense classic 80′s metal grab a listen to ‘Sceptre’ and ‘Faces’. It does lack consistency at times and needs a real sing-a-long tune a la Maiden to really get this band noticed.

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Review by Jason Ritchie

http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2014/03/quick-plays-the-spectacle-limb-scream-arena/


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