"Self Exile" (Sensory; 2006)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


Finally, a progressive heavy metal album that rocks as well as it keeps it’s musical and historical sensibilities in a tightly woven tapestry of sound. Wastefall combine the best stylistic and sound elements of Pain Of Salvation’s first two albums, the heaviness of the entire progressive metal genre, and sensible infusion of classic prog-rock (think Kansas). Wastefall gives “Self Exile” a heady mix that will challenge listeners to keep searching for all the musical elements that make this special release – sort of like looking for Easter eggs on DVDs, just not as hard to find.

“Self Exile” is Wastefall’s third full-length album and first to receive immediate world-wide distribution. Impressive at all turns “Self Exile” displays a young band that has skills and confidence beyond their years. The tenacity of Wastefall is most evident in their aggressive and creative song-writing. Wastefall’s musical abilities are clearly heard in the brief, shimmering flourishes each band member adds to the already strong songs.

“Self Exile,” as progressive metal as it is, may not be everyone’s cup of tea; however, “Self Exile” will be a significant contender for top album honors in the progressive metal genre in 2006.

“Self Exile” was produced by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, TNT).

Wastefall is Domenik Papaemmanouil on vocals, Alex Katsiyannis on guitars, Nick Valentzis on bass, Christos Kyrkilis on keyboards, and Kostis Papaleksopoulos on drums.

For more information visit http://www.wastefall.com/

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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