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Opposing Motion: Inertia
Opposing Motion - Inertia CD Album Review

Opposing Motion: Inertia

Progressive Metal
4.0/5.0

After a four year hiatus, England's Opposing Motion returns with their sophomore album, Inertia. The title is an interesting one. When you consider a progressive metal band you don't think of them having a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. Quite the opposite in fact.

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In one sense, not much has changed for Opposing Motion. Their progressive metal is still made of complex arrangements executed through skillful and technical musicianship. Yet, these things are tempered and made palatable by Opposing Motion's purposeful use of melody and harmony in each composition. Largely, this is expressed through the guitar lines and vocal arrangements which both support and carry the harmony and melody. But underneath these things in a song like Nothing Stays The Same or Inertia a subtle piano line propels the melody as well. With these elements in mind, something has changed with Opposing Motion: the melodies are larger and better heard in every song, the vocal arrangements more expansive and warm, and the guitar lines, especially in the solos, more harmonious and vigorous.

While found in most every song, these things are best heard in The Ghost Tapestry, New Heaven, Southern Lights, and the aforementioned Nothing Stays The Same. Those latter two songs have very pleasing and memorable choruses that set them apart from the others. Finally, a rarely comment about album art work, but the art for Inertia, provided by Mayhem Project Design, is quite creative and appealing. A final kudo goes to either Opposing Motion or Lion Music for providing a digital copy of the CD booklet, which offered the lyrics.

Bottom line? Opposing Motion's Inertia is another album of complex and technical, yet provocative and pleasing, progressive metal from this creative band. Recommended.

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The Bottom Line

Opposing Motion's Inertia is another album of complex and technical, yet provocative and pleasing, progressive metal from this creative band. Recommended.

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