Ra - From One
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Says bandleader Sahadj, "I wanted to hear Metallica with the Police's Andy Summers playing guitar and Sting singing. It bothered me that there wasn't a band like that, so I formed one." Smells like prog metal to me.
Thankfully, though, ‘From One’ doesn’t sound like the fruit of Sting, Summers, and Lars Ulrich coming together as a power trio. There sound is more Queens of the Stone Age meets Queensryche. Like most progressive metal, these guys have great chops. But too regularly the album get bogged down by pseudo-Middle Eastern music flourishes (“Do You Call My Name”), cheesy concepts (“Skorn”), and bad lyrics (“Falling Rock Zone”). Ra is at their best when they stick to less pretentious, straight-ahead hard rock songs (“Parole,” “High Sensitivity,” and “Sky”).
Matt Parks (July 26, 2003)