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REVIEW OF THE EP OF DELAIN”LUNAR PRELUDE”

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Tracklist :

1. “Suckerpunch” 4:10
2. “Turn the Lights Out” 4:15
3. “Don’t Let Go” (New Version) 3:57
4. “Lullaby” (Live 2015) 5:15
5. “Stardust” (Live 2015) 4:13
6. “Here Come the Vultures” (Live 2015) 5:40
7. “Army of Dolls” (Live 2015) 5:27
8. “Suckerpunch Orchestra” 2:31
So what offer to us the new EP of Delain? Only 2 new songs the pop sounding song “Suckerpunch ” and the balad “Turn The Lights Out”.They added also the orchestral version of the song “Suckerpunch ” (wow and blah). This is the first album with Ruben Israel on drums and Merel Bechtold on guitar. Merel is very weak on guitars .One more time the bass is just non – existent (Rob van der Loo the ex-bassist is Epicarian now!).
The EP also contains  a new version of the song “Don`t Let Go” (taken from 2014`s The Human Contradiction)  and four incredible  cuts ( what for?).
Let us forget this release and ignore the EP ,is only for commercial reasons and they try to promote the new upcoming album .
RATING : 2/10

REVIEW FROM THE EP ” Fimbulwinter Tale” by Kreigen

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Kreigen – Fimbulwinter Tale

I. Winter of Winds
II. Winter of the Sword
III. Winter of the Wolf

Kreigen is a project of the musician Andrew Femiak .This Ep composed by Andrew and he write both the lyrics and the music. Also he invited professional musicians from local Philharmonic, Art Institute and a few rock bands.The performers of vocal parts are :

Oxana Skorohod – soprano
Myroslava Romaniuk – mezzo-soprano
Elena Volska – alto
Makar Kapitaniuk – tenor altino
Myroslav Dubynetskii – tenor
Timofy Mularchuk – baritone

The Ep has 3 songs with lyrics and the same songs with instrumental version.

Fimbulwinter Tale is a trilogy based on Scandinavian myth.
As in the myth there is three winters which forms Fimbulwinter.
In mythology, this event is a prelude to Ragnarok, and as a rule it is described by a few words, the same as life of human beings in that period. Fimbulwinter Tale shows how people faced those horrible events, and what was their life, thoughts, prays and losses.

I. Winter of Winds

Epic music with great orchestration and excellent operatic male and female vocals.Andrew is a very talent composer and the song is a masterpiece!!

RUNNING TIME : 5.37

RATING 10/10

II. Winter of the Sword

The sound of this song remind pretty much the sound of Xandria. The guitar riffs work very well with the keyboards. Again this song is a marvelous piece of symphonic metal. The soprano and the tenor combine in one very good way . Excellent!

RUNNING TIME : 5.37

RATING 10/10

 

III. Winter of the Wolf :

The tenor starts the track under the sound of keys, the chorus is great and the soprano sing enters with her marvelous vocal range. The guitar riffs sound very good and with the piano make the song a very special piece.

RUNNING TIME : 6.43

RATING 10/10

Finally this EP highly recommended to all the fans of symphonic metal. Andrew Femiak  gains my respect with his great music.

RATING 10/10

 

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REVIEW OF THE EP “VENGEANCE BY ASPHODELIA

Once upon a time was in Foggia of Italy a band called Blackdahlia . Their sound was dark and gothic with alternative metal influences. They released one demo (“Blackdahlia”) in 2009 and after 4 years the band released their debut album “Fragments”. And now what? The members of the band Blackdahlia made a new project by the name Asphodelia. The name of the band remind me the ancient flower Asphodelus which according the Greek mythology was a plant connected with the dead and the underworld. Anyway the band released their debut EP ‘Vengeance’ on May 26, 2016, and they are currently recording their first full-length album ( in the fall of 2016).

Asphodelia are:

Samuela Fuiani – Vocals, Piano
Ruggero Doronzo – Guitar, mandolin guitar
Fancesco Dragone – Bass
Ludovico Massariello – Drums

Let’s see what offers to us this EP trck by track:

1.Asphodel Meadows :

This is the intro of the EP with dark haunting sound , atmospheric chorus , descending at the next song began to knock.

RUNNING TIME: 2.03

RATING :10/10

2.Secret War :

In the first 34 seconds we listen the ghost piano and after enters the heavy guitars to join into the beautiful voice of Samuela.This emotional voice sounding very close to Amy Lee vocals,She sing melodic ,spoken and echo voice .

RUNNING TIME: 5.57

RATING :9.5/10

3.Dust:

The track combines despair vocals with crunchy guitars and alluring piano tones in the same paths of Evanescence’s songs.

RUNNING TIME: 6.14

RATING :9/10

4.Heroes:

The song starts out with Samuela spinning a haunting intro on piano, right before her vocals kick in and soften up the sound.The guitar riffs work very good and bend the sound with the emotional lyrics.

RUNNING TIME: 4.55

RATING :9.5/10

5.Flowers Of Evil :

The hit of this Ep, one very good song , excellent vocals, the guitar riffs blend very well into the song, sounding pretty much in the same tone as all the the other songs.

RUNNING TIME: 5.32

RATING :9.5/10

Definitely a very good EP that make us to wait for more good songs in their upcoming first full length album.

RATING :9.5/10

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “Creeping Time” by Misteyes

Track List:

1.The Last Knell (intro)
2.Creeping Time
3.Brains in a Vat
4.Inside the Golden Cage
5.Lady Loneliness
6.The Prey
7.Destroy Your Past
8.The Demon of Fear
9.A Fragile Balance (Awake the Beast – Part 1)
10.Chaos (Awake the Beast – Part 2)
11.Decapitated Rose
12.Winter’s Judgement

Few words about Misteyes. The started in 2012 with five members line – up ,after one year they released their first single ” Brains In A Vat” a  melodic death/black metal song. In 2014 they added in their band two more members , one female singer and one keyboardist. So they released their demo ” Lady Loneliness”. And finally in 2016 they released the debut album “Creeping Time”. Their sound has many influences ,as  symphonic metal, gothic ,death, horror and epic movies and soundtracks. A mix  of dark and light music.

Misteyes are :

Edoardo “Irmin” Iacono (Scream/Growl Vocals)

Denise “Ainwen” Manzi (Clean/Opera Vocals)

Daniele “Insanus” Poveromo (Guitars)

Gabriele “Hyde” Gilodi (Keyboards and Orchestrations)

 Andrea “Hephaestus” Gammeri (Bass and Fretless Bass)

  Federico “Krieger” Tremaioni (Drums)

“Creeping Time ” is not a common album , It is unlike anything else out there. It’s dark and light , haunting and delight , dreamy and horrible , calming and upsetting , sensible and wild, it is just a mesmerizing , perfect album. All the instruments are played to their great potential and arranged and composed perfectly. Each track bring to us  a work depressive and sinister in sound that opes suddenly into sequences an assault of beast growls.

Let’s see track by track what offering to us this album:

1.The Last Knell (intro):

Intro with  a baby who cry  and beautiful symphonic arrangement follows with marvelous chorus.

RUNNING TIME :  1:40

RATING: 10/10

2.Creeping Time:

Bombardistic  guitars and thunder drums open the track to enter the male growls with the operatic female voice. Dark and hunting atmosphere fly like fog over our ears. The aggressive growls are in balance with the melodic female vocals and the soud of the keyboards reign on!

RUNNING TIME :  6:30

RATING: 10/10

3.Brains in a Vat:

The Track straight away by pounding drums and riffing guitars as the operatic style vocal combines with the gutteral male vocals.The keyboard work well against the power of the guitars . A piece that has a various of different passage into the five plus minutes.

RUNNING TIME :  5:39

RATING: 9/10

4.Inside the Golden Cage:

Lovely keys open the piece  before the female voice enters with beautiful vocals to soar as the male growls interrupt the proccedings, a black shadow over the light.

RUNNING TIME :  5:25

RATING: 9/10

5.Lady Loneliness:

Softly piano work start the most beautiful piece of the album. Female melodic vocals that are tinged with plenty of sadness. After 2.5 minutes the potential growls  hitting your ears but the operatic style of the female vocals brings light among the darkness.

RUNNING TIME :  4:38

RATING: 10/10

6.The Prey:

Breathe taking  drums starts the track with steady beat that explode with the high poer guitars. Another track  with a lot of different section like a roll – coaster. One difficult to constructed number!

RUNNING TIME :  7:05

RATING: 8.5/10

7.Destroy Your Past:

Another track with different blends of dark and light, with heavy guitars and powerful drums. Again  the vocals follow the rules of Epica and Tristania songs.

RUNNING TIME :  5:02

RATING: 8/10

8.The Demon of Fear:

The most dark piece of the album , with heavy lumber of guitars and funeral bass where the keyboard hide behind the vocals of the Beauty  and the Beast.

RUNNING TIME :  6:55

RATING: 8.5/10

9.A Fragile Balance (Awake the Beast – Part 1):

Beginning with haunting and melodic keyboard  and symphonic orchestration  and operatic female and  clean male vocals that are accompanied  by orchestral arrangement.

RUNNING TIME :  3:41

RATING: 10/10

10.Chaos (Awake the Beast – Part 2):

From the first second  we running a track  that has fast heavy tempo. The growls  control  the song under the sound of razor guitars, driving bass and crazy pounding drums. The only song that is without female vocals.

RUNNING TIME :  5:27

RATING: 8/10

11.Decapitated Rose:

The song starts with strong drums then the riffing guitar comes in with the heavy bass.The growls enter to join soon with the operatic vocals.This number is loud , dark and run along to a creepy dark approach.

RUNNING TIME :  4:49

RATING: 8/10

12.Winter’s Judgement:

The album ends with a great track  that has  as special guest  on violin Nicole Ansperger from Eluveitie . There are a lots of tones and variations  that pick you up the power and soar back. Everything melts  together as well. Great piano and excellent violin!

RUNNING TIME :  8:06

RATING: 10/10

Finally it is an amazing debut album that hit me from the first second  and left me hungry for more tan the 64 minutes. Misteyes is in my opinion  the biggest surprise of 2016 and their album one of the best  (maybe the best) in these first six months of the year. Highly recommended to ALL!

RATING: 9.08/10

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “Delirium” – LACUNA COIL

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TRACK LIST:

1.The House of Shame
2.Broken Things
3.Delirium
4.Blood, Tears, Dust
5.Downfall
6.Take Me Home
7.You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
8. Ghost in the Mist
9.My Demons
10.Claustrophobia
11.Ultima Ratio
12.Live to Tell
13.Breakdown
14.Bleed the Pain

I wonder why I must write a review for the new album of Lacuna Coil? To have a thousand views and visitors? No thanks! I will write few words because I miss the dark gothic band Lacuna Coil of the past times of “Karmacode”and  “Comalies “and because record label sent the promotion stuff.

Lacuna Coil now play commercial music  , a mix of Korn and Within Temptation in a bad way.They had several lineup changes , the singer Cristina Scabbia a nd Adrea Ferro remain but what remain in our ears? Bad weak scrams and growls of Andrea and  unfortunately melodic vocals of Cristina in a second role. Cristina is now the ghost in the mist ( like the 8th song of this album). The sound of “Delirium” is a a delirium mix of alternative rock  with some Nu metal elements.

Finally the newest and younger fans who don’t know well the old Lacuna Coil will buy the album and will be happy for the professional production. But for me the album is bad and I can’t stand it. Very pity because in the past I loved this bad and now I feel disappointed .

The album is out of any recommendation !

RATING : 4/10

REVIEW OF THE EP “Daphne” – Ruins of Elysium

Track list:

1. Daphne

2. The Greatest Jubilee

3. No You’re Not

4. Lavender (Daphne Version)

5. Largo Al Factotum

6. Crusader

7. Epilogue Meadows of Elysium

8. Prince (bonus track 2016 remix )

Three things make me to give attention to this release:

First  the name of the band, Elysium is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained  by Ancient Greek religions and philosophical  sects and cults ( Elysium Fields or Elysion Pedion ). 

Second because this band has as singer a tenor, something very rare in Symphonic Metal.

And third because the tenor and singer Drake Chrisdensen  is one very good friend of me.

Anyway ” Daphne” is the first EP of the band Ruins of Elysium. The band belongs to Epic Symphonic Metal with many influences from classical music, progressive,power, extreme, gothic metal . The difference from the other symphonic metal  bands as i wrote before is in  the operatic voice of the classical trained tenor Drake Chrisdensen.

The band wrote in their official page  that their EP  is dedicate to all of these oppressed  around the world.Women ,LGBT, racial minorities and all those who have to fight everyday against such a cruel system.

Ruins of Elysium are:

Drake Chrisdensen – Tenor
Vincenzo Avallone – Guitars
Filipe Câmara – Bass
Tamar Van Der List – Guitars
Marcelo França – Drums

Let’s see track by track what offering to us this EP :

1.Daphne :

The first and title track opens with  a melodic piano, sound of a harp and symphonic arrangement . The tenor Drake enters with his perfect voice and joins with great choir.The piece is long in time song but is a masterpiece mixed with many elements of many kind of metal music. An epic indeed song!

RUNNING TIME :  10.21

RATING: 10/10

2. The Greatest Jubilee :

The track starts with slow symphonic orchestration with the tenor  voice range of the singer but soon turns in a fast tempo, with all the instruments to play in an excellent harmony. A  power symphonic metal piece.

RUNNING TIME :  4.37

RATING: 8/10

3. No You’ re Not :

Fast paced drums with violin and heavy guitars open the song. The male voice is in heavy metal paths and he is sing very well in this way. The song has plenty of rage and screams against all those who are against the LGBT people. Powerful lyrics.

RUNNING TIME :  4.05

RATING: 7,5/10

4. Lavender :

Glorious chorus opens the track under the sound of great symphonic arrangement.Excellent vocals and power guitar solo in the middle of the piece.

RUNNING TIME :  5.07

RATING: 8,5/10

5. Largo Al Factotum:

And what you have here? A track from Rossini’s Figaro Aria. Classic music mixed well with metal sound.Drake is a superb tenor nd we are lucky to have him in metal scene.

RUNNING TIME :  4.29

RATING: 10/10

6. Crusader :

One very good track of this EP, Symphonic metal with operatic elements and aggressive guitar solos , thunder drums and Fantastic synths.After four minutes the soprano Annelise Diaz leading the song!!! The piece ends with the voice of tenor Drake who sing in an epic way!

RUNNING TIME :  6.53

RATING: 9,5/10

7. Epilogue : Meadows of Elysium :

Melodic piano starts the track under the sound of birds voice and chorus. Catchy melody  guides us to an epilogue of this very good EP.

RUNNING TIME :  3.49

RATING: 9/10

8.Prince ( Bonus Track 2016 remix) :

The EP ends with this bonus track remix .Classical symphonic metal piece  with powerful vocals , thumping drums  and heavy guitas. A great choice for a glorious  end of this excellent EP.

RUNNING TIME :  5.39

RATING: 8,5/10

Finally the EP “Daphne” is a diamond piece gives to us  many hopes to wait  for one big step of this band with one upcoming full length album. As one specialist in Symphonic Metal I like to listen as singer a tenor who gives so much potential in our music genre. Symphonic metal is not only with female soprano voice and why not in the future I want to hear tenor voice with female growls according the rules of ” Beauty and the Beast” . I hope the guitar player Tamar Van Der List will be able in the future to get this “job”.The EP highly recommended  to all the fans of Symphonic Metal.

RATING: 8,88/10

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM: “In Search Of The Unknown” BY THE UNKNOWN

So what do we have here?  A band from Tehran – Iran, they play atmospheric dark doom Metal and in May 31st, 2016 they released their first full length album with one only 40 minutes song by the label Club Inferno Ent. The title of the album is: “In Search Of The Unknown”.Aria Moghaddam mastermind of the project and Kevin Pribulsky from US band IN SEARCH OF have created this album. Special guest Thomas Helm from EMPYRIUM.

The sound of the album has many influences from the glorious band My Dying Bride , Empyrium, early Anathema and Katatonia. It is a concept album. Behind the dark and atmospheric music hide deep lyrics. What is the feeling when you listen this music? You feel ecstasy , you want to fly or to jump in an empty space.

I found in the sound elements from post rock and avant garde  music, the spoken words fill the album pretty much good and the chorus in the end is great.

The instruments work very well with the piano, synth, guitar, violin and drums to sounding together perfect.

The whole album is a good surprise for me, I really didn’t expect to hear such an excellent music result.

My congratulation to this band and I must to write that I highly recommend to all for buy and support them.

RATING  9,5/10

HOUSEBREAKING-Against All Odds

Track list:

1.Blood Red
2. Stolen Life
3.Misanthropique
4.Little Boy
5.Out Of Time
6.Against All Odds
7.Rise And Fall
8.Stay Away
9.thISIShell
Following the critically acclaimed debut album ‘Out Of Your Brain’ (Crash Music, 2010) and an extensive tour consisting of more than 60 gigs, including support slots for acclaimed acts such as Napalm Death, Entombed, Sodom, Asphyx, Sinister, Natron, Schizo, Elvenking, Secret Sphere and Kee Marcello among others, Housebreaking signed a deal with Bakerteam Records in 2015 and are going to release their new album ‘Against All Odds’ in the fall. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio (Fleshgod Apocalypse) in Rome, Italy and includes 9 powerful songs, a unique blend of Melodic Death Metal in the vein of Dark Tranquillity tied with the groovy approach of Soulfly, the wickedness of Rammstein and the fierce brutality of Amon Amarth, with lyrics dealing with social, introspective and personal themes.

BE THE WOLF – IMAGO

Track list :
2.Chameleon
3.The Fall
4.Jungle Julia
5.24
6.The Comedian
7.Florinda’s Murderer
8.Dust In Hoffman
9.The House Of The Dead Snow
10.One Man Wolfpack

Formed in 2011 in Turin, Italy, Be The Wolf had one goal: to write and play rock music, plain and simple, with no masterplans and with no need to conform to any genre, definition or label. Since then they released a bunch of singles, videoclips and an ep that were very well received worldwide, and played countless shows in their home country and beyond (including a show at the legendary 100 Club in London, England). Scarlet Records saw their enormous potential and signed them in June 2015, with their debut album, ‘Imago’, set to be released on October 16th. Be The Wolf’s music is an addictive mix of conteporary but Seventies-inspired rock in the vein of Rival Sons and Temperance Movement, the modern sounds of Daughtry, Biffy Clyro and Halestorm and a touch of blues-filled athmospheres. ‘Imago’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrea Fusini (Upon This Dawning, MSWhite, Ready,Set,Fall!) and includes a beautiful acoustic version of Killswitch Engage’s anthem ‘The End Of Heartache’.

DARKTRIBE-The Modern Age

Tracklist (51:39 mn) 01. Humanizer 02. Red House Of Sorrow 03. My Last Odyssey 04. The Modern Age 05. A Last Will 06. No Train To Earth 07. Holy Water Day 08. Wild Call 09. Rainwar 10. Anthem For A Planet 11. Darkside Of Imagination

Darktribe formed in 2009 and recorded their first EP ‘Natural Defender’ that same year. The band quickly evolved into a powerful live act and in 2012 they released their debut album ‘Mysticeti Victoria’ on German label Massacre Records. More touring followed, and shows with the likes of Girlschool, Crucified Barbara, Killers, Lacrimas Profundere, Nightmare and many other international acts.
In 2015 Darktribe entered the studio to record their second album, ‘The Modern Age’, which was mixed and mastered at Hansen Studios in Denmark by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Doro, Primal Fear). The album displays a mature and confident band, still influenced by everything Melodic in Metal but with a very personal approach, multilayered songwriting and brilliant musicianship.

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