Payne’s Gray – Infinity (1991)

PaynesGray_Infinity2.5 out of 5 Stars!

This German act came and went in the 90s, with only a single album and several EPs. And it’s no wonder they disappeared.

The music? It hovers somewhere between a 3.5 and 4.5 rating range. Progressive metal in the same vein as the usual bands such as Dream Theater and Dreamscape.

The vocals?  They hover somewhere in the 1.5 and 2.5 rating range. Indeed, were the band to have a singer who could actually hit the right notes instead of warbling in mid-range or going for high-pitched screams he can’t even dare to hit in the correct key (and making everything discordant due to his laughable attempts) this band might have real potential. He sounds like a dismal King Diamond clone attempting to become Geoff Tate with no true hope of ever achieving his goals. And King Diamond ain’t no great shakes himself with his weird falsetto.

Anyway, for those who don’t care about vocals, this may be worth checking out for the music. For those who actually care about whether a band sounds out of tune because of a singer who hasn’t a bloody clue, then stay away.

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