Gothic Soul Amos - Gothic Soul (independent) 2001

1, "Prelude" (:37)
2. "In the Storm" (5:31)
3. "Stranger" (5:54)
4. "Promise" (4:12)
5. "Flower of Blood" (4:45)
6. "Memories" (2:16)
7. "Gothic Soul" (4:02)
8. "Evil's Root" (5:25)
9. "Master" (5:15)
10. "Eternal Love" (3:56)
11. "The Son of God" (5:12)

WOW! There is just a flood of bands coming out of Brazil right now. Amos are yet another in a long line of new Brazilian bands I have added to my collection over the last year. They play a dark and doomy style of heavy metal that blends doom metal with an Iron Maiden style of traditional heavy metal. I would say it's melodic metal, but this tends to paint a picture of something much more commercial and light, whereas Amos are much darker musically. The vocalist uses a clean mid to low range that seems to fit well with the music, not unlike the second Last Chapter CD. Also of interest, at least to me, is that fact that the lyrics are all written from a Christian perspective, which is quite nice. This seems to be more common among the Brazilian bands I am currently discovering than with any other country. Can't say how I will feel about this one over time, but upon the first few listens, I really enjoyed this disc. Should also mention that the packaging, despite being and indie release, is quite professional as is the production. (thanks for the disc Flavio)

A Matter of Time Amos - A Matter of Time (Bombworks) 2005

1. "Entering To Flames" (0:36)
2. "Pentecost" (6:48)
3. "Shadows of They Cross" (6:33)
4. "Ark of the Covenant" (4:36)
5. "The Gathering" (7:08)
6."Alone" (7:42)
7. "Time To Die" (4:01)
8. "For Me" (4:07)
9. "Depression" (5:02)

"A Matter of Time" is the second release for goth rockers Amos. This album is heavily laced with keyboards. However, If you take away all the keyboards that saturate the CD, the music is decent, melodic, heavy metal, and even touches on power metal at times. The opening track for instance, is modern power metal. However, the vocals are very drab. I suppose that the singer is trying to have that 'goth' sound, but to me it's just dry and lacking charisma. Despite the 'progressive' tag this band has, I don't think the music is really "progressive" at all. Usually when I label something progressive, it is because the music has a ton of tempo and time changes and usually a lot of different riffs throughout the song. I don't hear that here. Unfortunately, Amos are just not a band that is up my alley. Had the music been more guitar driven and less focused on keyboards and the vocals a bit brighter, I probably would have liked this one much better.

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