Voice of the Enslaved
01: Breaking News
02: Idiot Box
03: What You Eat
04: Rich Mans Dream
05: Watching You
06: Police State
08: Apocalypse Now
Voice of the Enslaved is a side project of Blake Carpenter (best known for his progressive rock band The Minstrel's Ghost), and often collaborator of Corvus Stone. The albums is a concept album written about all of the evils of government and corporations, conspiracy theories that are sadly a reality, and all of the evil and greed that seem to run the world these days.
The album, at just over forty minutes long, features eight tracks that are very progressive metal, and some of the best music I've heard to come from this genre in some time. With Robert Mclung on guitar, Petri Lindstrom on bass, Zoltan Csorsz Jr. (of The Flower Kings fame) on drums, and of course Blake Carpenter on vocals, keys and acoustic guitars, the music on the disc is very heavy and beautifully written.
The entire album is an amazing trip through some of the best written prog metal that I have ever heard, and other than some brief breathers sprinkled throughout the album, the disc is an adrenaline filled rush. The disc is full of killer guitars, an amazing rhythm section, some truly inspired keyboard work, and the incredible vocals of Mr. Blake Carpenter.
It's hard to pick favorites on this album, as each song works so well feeding off of all of the others. There is not one single weak moment on this disc, and demands that you take it as a whole. It's a great story, told through some amazing lyrics/vocals, and very well written music.
In a world where mindless pop music is burning up the charts, it's sad to see that amazingly well written, and expertly performed music is being forgotten by the wayside. This album should be sitting at the top of the charts, as it is perhaps some of the best written music and lyrics that I have had the pleasure of hearing in quite some time.