Progressive Metal / Black Metal / Death Metal • Norway

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Norwegian outfit MINAS TIRITH was founded in 1989 by Frode Forsmo (bass), Stian Kraboel (guitar) and Tony Kirkemo (drums). Never a high profile act, the trio has toiled on with their own artistic goals in sight rather than the aim of achieving commercial success.

Their select fan base was treated to the demos "Tower of Doom" in 1990 and "While I Hold the Devil's hand" the following year, and 1992 saw the band release their first official production, the self-released mini-CD "Mythology". At this point the band played avant garde tinged black metal (and on "Mythology" a technical/avant garde form of death metal), but they would change their style towards a less extreme style of music on their full-length releases.

Norwegian label Voices of Wonder saw the potential in the act, and included them on a progressive metal sampler in 1995, and the following year they released their full length debut CD
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The Art Of Becoming
Progressive Metal 1995
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...Demons Are Forever
Progressive Metal 1998
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Dissertatio Prophetae
Progressive Metal 2004


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Death Metal 1992

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Tower of Doom
Black Metal 1990
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...While I Hold the Devil's Hand...
Black Metal 1991

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MINAS TIRITH The Art Of Becoming

Album · 1995 · Progressive Metal
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"The Art of Becoming" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian progressive metal act Minas Tirith. The album was released through Voices of Wonder in 1995. The band had been active in the Norwegian underground since 1989, releasing two avant garde tinged black/death metal demos and an EP.

...the music on "The Art of Becoming" still features traces of extreme metal but, the album is pre-dominantly a progressive metal album. The most prominant extreme metal feature is the occasional semi-growling vocals on the album. Mostly the vocals are clean sung though. Minas Tirith are a trio consisting of Frode Forsmo on bass and vocals, Stian Kraboel on guitar and Tony Kirkemo on drums and they have that distinct stripped down trio sound with a strong emphasis on the rythm section. Both bass and drums are very busy. I´m sometimes reminded of Rush.

"The Art of Becoming" is what I´d call an odd ball progressive metal release. It´s very eclectic with all sorts of musical playing styles and stylistic elements put in. It´s safe to say that Minas Tirith are not afraid to experiment. I admire their adventurous approach to writing music but there are a couple of issues with "The Art of Becoming" that drag my rating down. First of all the sound production is only semi-professional to my ears (the guitar sound in particular is rather powerless but the vocal production isn´t too successful either) and secondly the clean vocals are a bit "off". So while "The Art of Becoming" is certainly both an intriguing and original sounding progressive metal album, it´s not perfect by any means. a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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