Factory of Art

"The Tempter" is THE track of the album. Aggressive, functional and never over the top in the Prog context of the album. Heiko "Flecke" Flechsig and Joe F. Winter on guitars are sharp, here as in the rest of the album, and the rhythm line is flawless.

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4/23/2022 2 min read

Band: Factory of Art

Title: The Tempter

Genre: Progressive Metal - Power Metal

Label: CCP Records

Release: 2002

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Tracklist:

Adam's Theme

Story Of Pain

No Tears

The Tempter

The Healing Part I

Streets Of Violence

The Healing Part II

Temple Of Doom

The Mass

The Ritual

Twilight Zone

Walking On Fire

Lineup:
Heiko "Flecke" Flechsig - Guitar

Joe F Inverno Guitar

Ronald "Ron" Losch - Bass

Jens “Petri” Schmikale – Voice

Ekkehard "Ekky" Meister – Keyboards

Ralph-Marcel Dietrich - Drums

The Tempter, released in 2002, is the second album by Factory of Art, Progressive Power Metal Band from Leipzig; a concept album of American-style, old school Prog Metal, more complex in its composition with vocals by Jens Schmikale reaching a kind of obsessiveness, deep and dark, in line with the refined and sharp musicality.

The opener "Adam's Theme" is a clearly progressive instrumental piece with an excellent impact that precedes the harder lines of "Story Of Pain" in which the band has a more violent cast in the chorus. I'd like to point out Jens' voice because in Prog you can hardly find a voice like his, so deep and aggressive and this aspect alone is a good point in favour of the album, a rather substantial difference.

In the following "No Tears" we find a more 'contained' atmosphere with good riffs and drums behind which Ralph-Marcel Dietrich manages to be in symbiosis with the atmosphere and releases a pressing but not invasive drumming.

"The Tempter" is THE track of the album. Aggressive, functional and never over the top in the Prog context of the album. Heiko "Flecke" Flechsig and Joe F. Winter on guitars are sharp, here as in the rest of the album, and the rhythm line is flawless.

Next we find the first part "The Healing", with a fairly quiet beginning that as the song evolves the guitar duo appears again with powerful riffs and of course the massive drums.

Dividing the two parts of "The Healing", there is the varied "Streets Of Violence" that between changes of rhythm, the excellent melodic parts and the aggressive ones, Factory of Art have composed a really intelligent piece that drags and doesn't dampen the listener's interest.

The second part of "The Healing" is composed by acoustic guitars with an interesting structure that turns more towards an epic piece than a ballad, the hoarse voice is the added value of the piece. Beautiful. The instrumental "Temple Of Doom" features guitar virtuosity, a good dose of keyboards and a fast and dark atmosphere.

"The Mass" is another good track, maybe slower but not less powerful, on the contrary, it is more majestic, similar to "The Ritual" that despite being slower has an epic and direct mood.

Twilight Zone" is more progressive and has a more gripping sound, another point of reference for this album, the keyboards of Ekkehard "Ekky" Meister support the song, intertwining with the guitars and creating a good texture.

A powerful finale with "Walking On Fire", between Prog, Speed and Power, the band gives us another incisive gem showing the rough and powerful side that animates this album.

Summing up, "The Tempter" is a good album that manages to satisfy both those who follow the purest Prog and Power Metal, an incisive record.


Valeria Campagnale

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