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REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “ALONG THE PATH” BY THE BAND EPHYRA

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Ephyra are an Italian Band formed in the year 2005. The band started to play  death metal and after several changes in their line- up turn to playing more melodic death metal with epic influences.In 2013 they released their first debut album with the title “Journey” , one very good album with more power metal sound. The second new full length album “Along The Path” has different style with many folk elements.They added to the band a new female bass player Alessandra Biundo and in the vocals Nadia Casali .

Ephyra are:

Nadia Casali – Vocals
Francesco Braga – Vocals
Matteo Santoro – Guitars & Choirs
Paolo Diliberto – Guitars & Choirs
Alessandra Biundo – Bass
John Tagliabue – Drums

Let’s see track by track what offer to us this album.

1.Melancholy Rise:

The first track is an instrumental intro with Celtic folk influences.

RUNNING TIME: 1.28

RATING : 8/10

2.Human Chaos:

The next Track begins in fast tempo with epic female vocal and harsh male voice.The whole number follow the path of power – folk metal.

RUNNING TIME: 4.10

RATING : 8/10

3. All at Once:

This song from the start hit straight high energy , pounding drums and riffing guitars , epic chorus and the duo of the female  and male vocals work well together.

RUNNING TIME: 4.08

RATING : 8/10

4. Cruel Day:

This track is very powerful and dramatic .The aggressive vocals of Francesco have a lot of poer and the solid melodic vocals of Nadia blend well perfectly together.

RUNNING TIME: 5.27

RATING : 9/10

5.Flaming  Tears:

After the melodic beginning  a stormy tempo comes with heavy riffs , harsh male vocals and breathtaking vocals of Nadia.In this song Nadia shows her ability to change her vocal style .The arrangements are very good and make this track one of the best in this album.

RUNNING TIME: 6.38

RATING : 10/10

6.Hope:

The slow melodic rhythm reign in this song ,The female voice lead the track i a sweet melodic way backed by gutteral growls.The music is full of folk elements.

RUNNING TIME: 4.06

RATING : 9.5/10

7.Last Night:

Excellent arrangement opens the song.The vocals work great with dark folkish vibes. A very overpowering track with dramatically elements.

RUNNING TIME: 5.10

RATING : 9/10

8. Riding with the Sun :

We are off and running  a piece with epic folk metal elements, strong  drums as we go into  a heavier mode and the vocals combine perfectly, climbing with power tone.

RUNNING TIME: 4.27

RATING : 9/10

9.Land’s Calling:

The track has dark meaty riffs mixed with dirty male vocals and the  female melodic voice gives balance  to the song.

RUNNING TIME: 5.27

RATING : 9/10

10. No Dream:

The song drops in and out very much folk/death sound. It is one of the heavier song  on offer with some nice guitar work throughout  with excellent vocals.

RUNNING TIME: 5.37

RATING : 8.8/10

11.  Alive:

The last song of the album is full of grandeur which boarders into folk power metal territory. The growls rolls along with the  delicate emotional female vocals.

RUNNING TIME: 4.44

RATING : 9/10

Finally  ” Along the Path” is a very good album .The band and both vocalists sounding great  along  with shades of light and dark.The riffs  are solid  and heavy with the music  to has many death , medieval influences.Highly recommended .

RATING : 8.8/10

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