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Release date: 26 September 2011
Style: Progressive metal, Oriental folk metal


8.4 | 273 votes


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01. Under Siege
02. Braving The Seas
03. Merciless Times
04. Tales Of The Sands
05. Sour Sigh
06. Dawn Within
07. Wide Shut
08. Requiem For A Goodbye
09. Beyond The Stars
10. Time To Grow
11. Apostrophe For A Legend [Nightmare Records bonus]
12. Fate In Motion [Spiritual Beast Records bonus]

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Released via Nightmare Records on October 11, 2011. Also released via Spiritual Beast.

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On September, 26th 2011, as dusk drew nigh, a girl of ravishing beauty sat at the window watching darkness drown her grief-stricken city in autumnal grace. The divine elegance of the fading eventide rendered her speechless, gazing with an ogling reverence at the last glints of the setting sun as it slowly oozed its way behind the cutting crusts of the Atlas Mountains. She was eagerly waiting for God to finish painting his masterpiece; for the dark mist to enshroud Andalusia before she begins paging through what seemed to be an authorless book of tales that she's been cradling since morn. A book simply dubbed: Tales of the Sands.

published 27.12.2011 | Comments (14)

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Vonpire - 04.11.2011 at 21:44  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 08.10.2011 at 00:06

Written by Guest on 28.09.2011 at 10:54

This album has everything I've ever wished for in an Arabic metal album. 10.

Really? You like those poppy parts that sound like modern Arabic pop?
The proggy parts are great, but the oriental ones, no. I like my oriental metal Nile-esque, not poppy modern Arabic music.

thehondo - 09.11.2011 at 17:03  
Rating: 10 The blend of cultures ..simply brilliant. Theres so much going on, all the time. They just keep getting better. Yes, 2011...might be the best year for prog metal in a long time.
Candlemass - 20.11.2011 at 17:17  
Rating: 8 Very good release
tuerda - 05.12.2011 at 07:19  
Rating: 9 WOW! Like Orphaned Land meets Symphony X . . . and yeah, it's every bit as awesome as it sounds. Totally rocking!
RhaegarTargaryen - 05.12.2011 at 12:05  
Rating: 10 Album of the year 2011, if you ask me.
My2Cents - 12.01.2012 at 00:56  
Rating: 6 Overwrought keyboards, cheesy lyrics (and not in a good way), etc. This just isn't as good as previous releases.
Paradox0 - 13.01.2012 at 08:31  
Rating: 7 I'm not too familiar with their previous work but what is really surprising is the production. All of the arabic and non-metal elements sound wonderful. Unfortunately thats all they do as they don't really stick and sound a bit generic as far as song writing goes. The prog element, is just typical prog with syncopated off rhythm instrumentation. Every now and then there are some nice riffs but no song really stands out outside of some songs I suppose having some specific nice parts.
K†ulu - 20.02.2012 at 18:02  
Written by Susan on 16.10.2011 at 04:58

Am I insane or do I hear hints of Kamelot-esque power metal in here from time to time? Still loving it.

Yeah, that's what I hear all the time on this album; as if they started off as a Kamelot - rather than Symphony X - cover band. I am not familiar with Symphony X all that much though.
diamondblack - 28.03.2012 at 12:55  
Rating: 10 Brilliant album, absolutely stunning melodies. Can't wait for next album
Mechaniacal - 03.07.2012 at 06:54  
Rating: 8 That's more like it, Myrath. A big improvement over Desert Call.
Ornusashas - 21.10.2013 at 23:36  
Rating: 9 This album is exactly what I needed... There are many so many subtle textures. Very well done.
Stunning Cactus - 10.09.2015 at 05:24  
Rating: 10 Way too much quality on here for it to be rated only an 8.4
Nicko's Nose - 08.02.2016 at 05:58  
Rating: 8 Sounds like Symphony X, which isn't a bad thing.

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