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Three - The End Is Begun
24 July 2007


01. The Word Is Born Of Flame
02. The End Is Begun
03. Battle Cry
04. All That Remains
05. My Divided Falling
06. Serpents In Disguise
07. Been To The Future
08. Bleeding Me Home
09. Live Entertainment
10. Diamond In The Crush
11. Shadow Play
12. These Iron Bones
13. The Last Day [feat. Jerry Marotta]
14. See Emily Play [Pink Floyd cover] [Special Edition bonus]


I can't even remember the last time I heard an album so complex, jammed with all kind of musical influences and blends that I felt my head was about to explode after resisting a terrible head-ache. Three achieved that feeling with their progressive soft rock packed with a weird mixture of Rush, Dream Theater, Coheed And Cambria, Canned Heat, The Mars Volta some other pop band I've never heard of and even some Beatles and Mew hidden right there in the bottom.

If I was able to publish a "one-word" critique I'd simply say…INTERESTING…that would be it, but the ambiguity of the word would be the demise of the review; yes the band is far more Interesting than many of the things we all hear today, they are great musicians and their brains must be working at full speed each time they write a song. The music is just as complex, heavy and bizarre as the whole Porcupine Tree discography and finally their whole environment and atmospheres are dark and chilling, just in the mood of Tool just to name someone.

But in my ears this just doesn't feel right at all, I know many people could be worshiping this band to the point of singing-along the entire track list of this record, but there are major problems with it and I'll try to explain with pleasure in my fingers. The first big thing is the vocal tone, it's so melodious and angelical that sounds like a mixture between Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys and James LaBrie from Dream Theater, I swear I'm not joking and I am definitely not using the Nick Carter comparison as a gag, the vocalist in Three does have that "Pop/boy-band" tone and it really does sound like the aforementioned blond guy specially when using small vibratos and smooth falsettos, if you ask me, it might sound fresh and new to have this particular tone in rock music, but it becomes truly annoying after the first 10 minutes…

Another letdown comes with the lyrical themes; I don't usually care about this matter, let's face it, most metal bands don't even make sense in that department and it gets worse when bloody throats enter and make growls out of words. Three on the other hand has insanely clean vocals (I'm not going to mention Nick Carter again…) and it actually feels like they have something very important to say with that tone…so you start listening and paying more attention to what the group is trying to say…turns out it's a pseudo-poetic/cultural manifesto that drowns itself into a huge spiral of nothingness, in short it's just dull words that were used by every band in the 70's filtered by a twisted mind hoping to "make some sense" and ends up saying less than nothing.

Still the music is way heavy and interesting, that side is more than worthwhile for sure, but the fact that this album as a whole is so "hard to digest" makes my cells explode instantly. So…I haven't done this before, this is the first (and hopefully the last) time I ever publish a review with two ratings, I know this band has its followers, people who actually understand their "thing" and have everything Three…but there's also regular people who don't have the skills or whatever it takes to bare this blender, so…

Rating as a Fan: 8.5
Rating as an Outsider: 6.5

The End!


Band profile: Three
Album: The End Is Begun


 


written by Herzebeth | 14.11.2007



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Passenger - 17.11.2007 at 01:11  
They could've picked a better title, not only it sounds cliched but also wierd, for some reason...The End Is Begun...The Dinner Is Eaten...The Silence Is Fallen...

I thought this was going to sound more impressive than it actually does, not to mention catchy. 6/10
manos - 17.11.2007 at 05:05  
This one is a great album! It's at my Top3 for the year 2007 -and i've listened to many many albums. It's even better than Wake Pig.

And i guess that those who can't stand eppard's voice, can't as well stand rush vocals! And if you don't like Rush, then you shouldn't talk about prog rock at all.

Anyway, the songs, in my opinion, are highly inspired, the rythms are great and obscure and the vocal lines are simply incredible.

Of course, it's an album that you have to hear some times before you can percieve it and like it, as it is not easy to digest. But the reward could be great.

The end is begun and Paradise Lost (symphony X) are the albums i've listened to the most time this year and i really adore them
BreadGod - 17.11.2007 at 16:01  
Someone should tell the band that there's a grammatical error in their album title.
Dane Train - 28.11.2007 at 00:46  
Written by manos on 17.11.2007 at 05:05

This one is a great album! It's at my Top3 for the year 2007 -and i've listened to many many albums. It's even better than Wake Pig.


I totally agree. When I go this album, I listen to it almost every day for a few weeks. So catchy, original and complex. Amazing work. As great as Wake Pig was (and I even have a big Wake Pig poster in my room) The End is Begun is even better.
Dreamwar_86 - 04.11.2008 at 22:12  
One of the most original bands put there they just play the music they want and dont give a damn
opeth771 - 04.01.2010 at 22:56  
Revisions is SO GOOD!
nb - 04.05.2010 at 17:35  
Funny thing how life is. I went to see DT a few years ago, and managed to miss Three as the opening band ( I am sure I would have liked it) and I saw BTBAM before DT, which I did not like. So I never heard Three, until today...... when I found this CD lying in front of my porch (??), and I saw it: "hmmm Three, oh yeah they opened for DT, I will check them out". Well, I am surprised this a very nice prog rock-metal album, just on my first listen it is pretty enjoyable.
opeth771 - 16.08.2010 at 18:00  
Written by nb on 04.05.2010 at 17:35

Funny thing how life is. I went to see DT a few years ago, and managed to miss Three as the opening band ( I am sure I would have liked it) and I saw BTBAM before DT, which I did not like. So I never heard Three, until today...... when I found this CD lying in front of my porch (??), and I saw it: "hmmm Three, oh yeah they opened for DT, I will check them out". Well, I am surprised this a very nice prog rock-metal album, just on my first listen it is pretty enjoyable.


Damn, you don't know what you missed... They are freaking sick live, one of the most entertaining bands I ever saw! Nobody knew about them when I saw them opening for Opeth a few years ago. The crowd went crazy and nuts at them, everybody was surprised how good they were!

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