Do you remember when metal world was flooded by European power metal bands? Well, I remember too that Italian scene was quite prolific and there emerged a melodic style mixed with progressive elements.
It seems like this band recovered this style and forged a very solid second opus this year. Formed in 2004 by Pier Gonella (Necrodeath, Vanexa, ex Labÿrinth) this band features vocalist Roberto Tiranti (ex Labÿrinth) and many (I mean MANY) guests, including Giorgia Gueglio (Mastercastle), Alessandro Bissa (Vision Divine), Alessio Spallarossa (Sadist), Alex de Rosso (Dokken, George Lynch, Steve Lukater, etc), Davide Dell’Ort (Drakkar), Dick Laurent (Cadaveria), Mistheria (Dickinson, RoyZ, Rob Rock) among others. Of course this band has roots more into soft heavy metal and hard rock genre with high doses of progressive elements and fast power metal. All songs are melodic and very well produced, and features distinctive atmospheres which give a peculiar seal to the concept. You will find great guitar riffs full of heaviness; and also you will find excellent musical arrangements in all instruments, as this is a well-conceived album from experienced people. Highlights for “Ice” which features Giorgia Gueglio (is this phantasmagorical sound a Theremin?), “Storm” which is a powerful track in the vein of old Stratovarious, Labÿrinth and features vocalists from bands Drakkar, Belzer, Mastercastle, Shadows of Steel. All in all, this is a good full length album of melodic power metal, and you will enjoy it if you like the genre. – Victor Varas