Mattis Sørum impressed many with the PICTORIAL WAND debut double album A SLEEPER’S AWAKENING back in 2006, and has finally released a follow up. As with the first, and as with so many prog metal releases, FACE OF OUR FATHERS is a concept album of the highest order. The general concept that is followed throughout the album is best described with this paragraph I have borrowed from the PICTORIAL WAND website.
The outfit, founded in 1991, went on a journey that includes excellent metal music with the inclusion of thought-through lyrics, which contain a positive and peaceful message.
Although it is quite an adventure to get through all the tunes, it is a pleasant journey with a lot of enjoyable tunes. Most of the songs are uptempo, radio-friendly and very AORish and as already mentioned a combination of the first GARY HUGHES album