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"Images of the Innocent" (MetalAgen)

Reviewed by Alicia Downs

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Specter's album, "Images of the Innocent," starts off with a lush albeit dark piano arrangement in the opening track, "Oracle." There are no vocals, just haunting piano combined with sinister guitar and drums. It has the beginning offerings of an epic metal masterpiece.

But then comes track two. And then three. And four ...

By the time track two began and I heard the vocals I knew why there were no vocals on the opening track. They were so pathetic that they could not sustain the attention of a comatose vegetable. The fact of the matter is that Specter is not bad, they are just the type of metal that you have heard before and have heard done better. They kind of reminded me of the Dead Kennedys but the vocals were exceptionally weak while the musical portion was far from exceptional.

Labeled as "progressive metal" there was nothing progressive about it. With their cheesy vocals Specter sounded like a mutated cross between Megadeth and Yes. There are some real progressive metal bands out there that can turn your head with amazing assemblages, but Specter is just not one of them.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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