I AM I – Event Horizon Album Review (2012)

Human memory.  It is a troubling thing.  See, it remembers.  And uses that memory to cast judgement.  Unfair?  Possibly so but there is probably some biological necessity for survival for this.  What is the relevance you may ask?  So soon after leaving Dragonforce (gaining worldwide acclaim years after their initial birth onto the Metal plain) a certain Mr ZP Theart has a new band: I AM I.  Again: what is the relevance?  Dragonforce and ZP Theart are names that will be remembered and associated with a certain kind of Metal.  Mr Theart’s new musical collective is not Dragonforce.  This is a wholly new direction but do not let that statement scare you; this is a good album.

Very much a Hard Rock release with some elements of AOR, this certainly suits the vocal range of Theart and is filled with some radio-friendly tunes but the more interesting aspect of the album is the way songs have been arranged with no two songs the same.

Wikipedia provides us with a definition of Event Horizon, “In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in space-time beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms it is defined as “the point of no return” i.e. the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible.”  This could not be a more apt metaphor for this new quintet.  There will certainly be no return after fans listen to this and have their expectations shattered.

Highlights on Event Horizon are “Wasted Wonders”, opener “This Is My Life” and the slower track, “Stay A While” as well as the already released “Silent Genocide” although the rest of the album is not far behind, its quality evident in well-written hooks and choruses.

The decision to release this on USB packaged in a CD style case with full artwork is a strange yet bold one that we will just have to see if it comes to fruition.  In a saturated market, innovative gimmicks will usually add to sales and this decision is one that might just interest Metal and Rock fans.

The final verdict?  Not a bad album at all, rather good actually.  Well-paced and arranged hard rock album.  A more than decent debut that flits between the new and the old with sprinkling of AOR thrown in.  Well worth the exchange of hard-earned cash.

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1. This Is My Life
2. Silent Genocide
3. Stay A While
4. Cross The Line
5. In The Air Tonight (not a Phil Collins cover)
6. King In Ruins
7. Kiss Of Judas
8. Dust To Dust
9. Wasted Wonders
10. Pave The Way