"Mental Torments" (Nightmare; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Although "Mental Torments" is technically impressive, the debut CD by these French rockers never really rises above the level of a standard progressive rock album. Or at least not often enough.

Heavy with keyboards, sophisticated guitar, appropriately toned vocals and complex songwriting -- not to mention strong production -- "Mental Torments" does shine sometimes. These moments of true brilliance really strike out at you, particularly in the second half of the CD. It's like finding an occasional nice surprise hiding in an otherwise unmemorable waltz through progrock land.

Fans of the genre will no doubt thrill, and understandably so, at the band's musical prowess. Unfortunately, for those of us who appreciate the genre but don't worship there, "Mental Torments" is a musical journey to take only once in awhile rather than an oft-repeated excursion.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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