Epic Power Metal from Italy ? For fans of Heimdall, Skylar and early Rhapsody….hm.
And so it starts with acoustic guitars and piano. Slow and elegian….like a prayer. Before „Alone in the dark“ becomes a typical Rhapsody like smasher. Speedy guitars, clear vocals with nice vibes…Daniel Reda sounds unique, but the background vocals in the refrain are definetely too high.
„Two Spirits One Heart“ starts with a guitar/keyboard hookline. Melodic with a light oriental touch.
A real metal riff opens „Through the Wind“. This song is more in traditional heavy metal. Nice refrain. Even some old US bands come in mind cause of the galopping guitar leads. Some light keyboards in the back don’t disturb this feeling. In the end the song fades out with some angel choirs and Daniel performing a little darker. Great song !!
The „Holy Voice“ talks to us next. Acoustic guitar start. Balladesque vocals and the warm ground theme makes you feel light and happy. It seems that it brings you in good moods listening to the holy voice. An all acoustic song with a spanish guitar theme in the end.
Now „The Tower of Fears“ brings us back in metallic fields. Keyboard/guitar leads together with twin vocals that sound really strange. I think the piano that appear sometimes in the back is misplaced here. Steven shows us that he is a great guitarist mostly in the solos. But the vocals….chaotic.
Classic theme opens „The White Voices“. Daniel performs most time as a minstrel. The guitar lines and solos are wonderful, the arrangements also well thought. The drums are more in the front here and push the song perfect. Epic Metal per excellence. Best song so far (if you don’t take care of the high vocals).
An epic march to follow…..“Go your own way“. Is this an accordion, we hear now? Daniel acts between tragedy and hope. Again lots of medieval vibes in this song. A song pending from slow to midtempo. Classic elements included. But suddenly the scene explodes with devilish vocals and speedness. Only to return to the warmth of sound like before.
Piano starts „Today“. Ballad moves over to a symphonic metal inferno. More speedful song again.
„Braveheart“ points with great guitar lines. Pure power metal song. Clear vocals in alliance with mighty chorus. Even some retro sounds we can find here. Typical epic metal guitar solo in the middle. Dramatic end with acoustic guitar and lots of elegies. Combined with speed in Rhapsody style.
In „Epitaph“ Steve offers us all the scales he can play. An all instrumental track that is mainly based on the guitar work. Melodic, but speedful. All the guitar wizards outside should check if they can play it also like this. For me a great job done buy Steve.
The album ends with, yes…“Until the End“. Another full epic power metal song, mainly with female sounding opera voices. Symphonies reign and the all medieval vibes shine through again. Nightwish meets Asgard meets Rhapsody. A keyboard bombast that let the guitars not break through. Too overloaded with that bombast for kickin’ the album out.
Well, like I told at the beginning. This album will be polarizing the music scene.
Anyway….not a bad album, but I heard that style better in the past. Anyhow I hope this will be not the last prayer for Pandaemonium and like I said, fans of the above named bands will like it.
Points: 6 / 10
Review by Kerbinator