Artist/ Band: Ulysses
Title: The Gift Of Tears
Label: Symbioses Music/ Musea
Year of Release: 2008
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The Review:

Ulysses is a progressive metal band from the Netherlands and early in 2009 they released their long-awaited third studio album, The Gift of Tears. Since the last album Symbioses (2003) there was changes in the line-up since the last album. The musicians that remained the same are Ron Mozer (keyboards), Renť van Haaren (drums) and Sylvester Vogelenzang de Jong (guitar). Newcomers to the band are Michael Hos (vocals) and Casper Kroon (bass).

The lyrics were a change of pace from the normal fantasy lyrics. New vocalist Hos felt there was enough happening in reality to write about. As for the vocals, Michael Hos delivery is somewhere in between Ray Alder, Geoff Tate and Bruce Dickinson Instrumentally, the bandís sound has heavy symphonic progressive rock/metal sound. While not metal enough to be of the progressive metal camp, the reason I feel is the keyboards are have an just as important role as the guitars.

The release of The Gift Of Tears, coincides with the bandís 10th Anniversary. And what a way to celebrate! Itís filled with some great music and highlights for me are the two epics "How Much More" (12+) and "Anat" (14+). Iíd recommend fans of Fates Warning (Parallels era), Queensryche (Empire/Promised Land era), Iron Maiden (late 80ís era) to seek this band and itĎs album out, immediately.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on July 24th, 2009

Tracks:

01. Family Portrait
02. Guardian Angel
03. Lost
04. How Much More
05. Silence Of The Night
06. The Gift Of Tears
07. Anat

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