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Max Pie / Press

“The album closes in style with the monstrous ‘Don’t Tell Me Lies’, another barnstorming slice of Progressive Metal that just explodes in a cacophony of hard hitting bass lines and hammering drums, all built around some superb guitars and towering vocals, which wraps up a truly stunning album that shows just how much the band have developed, not just since their debut release, but since they started out back in 2005. This truly is four guys with one vision.”

"In the end, Eight Pieces – One World is about a solid hour of stellar music.

“."MAX PIE bewijst met dit album dat ook belgische bands in the prog power metal iets betekenen. Eenieder die zichzelf liefhebber noemt van het genre mag dit shijfje blindelings aan zijn collectie toevoegen."”

“It's complex, well arranged, with magnificent melodies, a right rhythm section, and plenty of catchy moments, all wrapped into a package that has the ability to shift shapes.”

“Για να μην μακρηγορώ, αν είστε φίλοι της Heavy Metal μουσικης, επενδύστε σε αυτό το συγκρότημα. Οι οπαδοί του Progressive/ Power metal σίγουρα θα ασχοληθούν με την εν λόγω κυκλοφορία, καλό θα ήταν πάντως και οι υπόλοιποι να κάνετε το ίδιο γιατί τούτοι οι Βέλγοι πραγματικά δεν αστειεύονται. Μπράβο τους.”

“7,5/10”

“4/5 "A new star is rising in the sky of progressive metal. It hails from Belgium and it's name is MAX PIE"”

"Am Ende, und so sollte es ja auch sein, kommt dann ein wahrlich hörenswertes Gesamtwerk dabei heraus – eight pieces, one world. Obwohl mir die Band ja seit einigen Jahren mit guten Stücken durchaus bekannt ist, bin ich von diesem sauber produzierten Silberling sehr angenehm überrascht. Anspieltipp? Auf jeden Fall "I'm In Love". Grazie mille, merci beaucoup!"

"Progressive Metal (sophomore album by one of the best melodic bands we've heard in a long time. Very majestic and sophisticated music that should appeal to a wide range of listeners."

“O επίλογος, “Don’t Tell Me Lies”, παίζει να είναι η πιο Prog φάση του δίσκου. Ναι μεν, πέφτει το τρέξιμο του θανάτου, έρχονται όμως κάτι σπασίματα και κάτι θέματα, κάτι tutti και κάτι κουλά που θα σας κάνουν «κάτι». Δισκάρα από τους Max Pie, τους εύχομαι τα καλύτερα!”

"vaut le détour.. "

MAxime Bourdier - Review by Metallian

“5/7 " Scnittige riffs, starke melodien und epische keyboards ... "”

"Eight pieces… eight songs of grandiose and massively melodic metal"

"Het album is een Top aanrader"

“4.5/6”

Jan Kozak - Eight Pieces- One World Review by Spark Magazine (CZ)

“MAX PIE-Planetmosh review from UK 9/10-Matt Seddon... An album chock full of Symphony X styled songs, but with a singer who is miles better. By combining fast pounding guitar riffs, catchy as hell songs and a singer who has the wow factor; Initial Process is one of the finest debut releases from a metal band in the past ten years...First things first is to note how extremely talented singer Tony is. He has an extremely powerful voice, projecting his well distinguished and emotional voice through tracks like ‘A Soldiers Dead’, ‘Like a September Day’ and ‘Come to My Grave’. He is one of the most talented vocalists in melodic metal, giving vocalists such as Fabio Lione, Russell Alan and Nils K. Rue a run for their money... Initial Process is an all killer no filler album, made up of eight extremely catchy melodic metal anthems...If album one is A* standard, 100% brilliant, then I can’t wait to hear what their next one will sound like… [9/10]”

“... Le duo ‘De Leneer/Lemière’ forme un tandem rythmique rudement efficace. Leurs introductions percutantes sur "When You’re Gone" et"Crawling" promettent de tuer en situation live. La grande originalité du ‘son Max Pie’ vient assurément de la voix singulière de Tony Carlino. Son timbre à géométrie variable est immédiatement identifiable pour celles et ceux qui ont déjà été confrontés à la musique de CXT Nine ou de Lightning Fire. Entre les envolées de chant haut perché et les vociférations coléreuses du hurleur trash métal, on reconnaît par moment chez le vocaliste montois des intonations d’Ozzy Osbourne (période post-Black Sabbath ou encore de Ray Adler (Fates Warning). Original et captivant, ce premier album de Max Pie est une véritable réussite. Huit titres insidieux et accrocheurs que vous pourrez découvrir sur la scène du Rock Sound Festival de Lessines le 26 février 2011 et bien sûr au Power Prog & Metal Fest de Mons le 30 avril 2011. ”

“... "Initial Process" ist ein rundum gelungenes Metalalbum. Der Name MAX PIE wird in Zukunft hoffentlich noch öfter zu hören sein. Anspieltipps: A Soldier's Dead, When You're Gone, Crawlin' Note: 8.0 / 10”

“...Tout paraît assez clair et fluide, le jeu de batterie est monstrueux comme celui des guitares, on aura le droit aussi à quelques moments où la basse est mise en avant. Le groupe a su mettre une touche d’originalité dans ces musiques, ce petit "plus" qui fait que ce sont des bons morceaux très accrocheurs. On finira avec "Come Tom Y Grave", "Lords Of Darkness" et "In The Air" ; comme vous pouvez le constater, cet opus contient donc 8 titres, ce qui nous laisse découvrir le style du groupe sans traîner en longueur. De plus cette dernière partie du disque est légèrement plus agressive qui ne donnera pas seulement un côté prog aux musiques, mais aussi à l’album. Mais ma préférée restera "Lords Of The Darkness" qui méritera vraiment plusieurs écoutes pour capter toutes les subtilités, cette musique sera un monument, j’en mettrais ma main au feu !...”

“...“When you’re gone” is hitting the speakers… Riffus maximus, aggressive attitude and a “We will tear it down” hype. The tempo is speeding up and there’s a Maiden-theme as well… Thus I shut my mouth and started writing down what I should… They started as cover band... they started to discover their own elements. Heavy and Prog and it’s open season! A GREat guitarist (“Crawlin’” and more) and smashing musicians. At first the voice didn’t nail me to the wall. However, it became more and more powerful and won the match easily, so I had to shut my big mouth once more… Beautiful themes and all kinds of rhythms and tempos. On the other hand, ballad-style intros and frantic double bass drumming (Come tom y grave – dunno if they planned to write it that way or if it’s just a typo) and more war. The Belgians rule OK!It is certain that this debut will be appealing to numerous ears...what I do know is this album is all about people who dig Metal!”

“Rating: 8/10 ‘A Soldier’s Dead’ is a stamping metal track in which vocalist Tony Carlino immediately manifests himself as eye-catcher of this collective. The neoclassical metal shows any pathos in vocal lines, but that’s a well-known phenomenon with Italians. A beautiful atmospheric guitar intermezzo and fine harmony vocals leap to the eye. A good example of their progressive influences can be heard in the guitar skills during ‘In The Air’ and ‘Formatted Mind’. The sweeping ‘When You’re Gone’ soon turns into a vigorous song and it is regaled with a lively contribution on keyboards by guest musician Emmanuelle Casali (DGM, Astra). Acoustic guitars and tasteful string arrangements reign in the ballad ‘Like A September Rain’, while we hear some extra fast guitar work of guest musician Pat Theyse in ‘Crawlin’. All in all a meritorious debut album from this hard-working band!”