There are a great many prog metal bands in Italy. Xteria is one of them, and nothing more. The album sounds bad, the singer can wail (though not too brilliantly in the higher regions) but the simple keyboard work and bad drum production detract the listener's attention from his efforts. According to the bio, guitar work is influenced by Vai, Petrucci and Lynch, but can't hold a candle to those masters (I can't remember having heard any decent solos). Xteria was voted "best demo band of 1999", and as far as the sound quality is concerned they are still nothing more than a demo band. I feel there may be some potential in this band, but so far it's only coming out in sections "Eyes on the World" and "Points of View".



Written July 2000


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