Status Minor - Ouroboros (Lion Music)

Rating: 4.5/5

Review

Status Minor blasts on to the progressive scene in 2012 with their sophomore effort, after their critically acclaimed debut in 2009.

The result is nine songs providing aural pleasure with exceptional rhythm and good melodies. The album is a concept describing love relationships and their cycles. Nonetheless, the album can be enjoyed with each song able to speak for itself. The ballad, “Like a dream”, is a standout in an album of predominantly driving rhythm and melodies, while “Flowers die” sees a tender side to the band, along with a dramatic crescendo, showcasing the Finnish band’s panache.

This could well be one of the progressive metal highlights for the year. Highly recommended.

****1/2

Nick van der Meulen