Follow your instinct.
The first feature i like in this
debut-album is that each song is attractive already from the very first
notes, giving immediate pleasure. Therefore you are practically invited to listen to the whole track with benevolent mood.
Thing which is absolutely worth, because "The Phoenix" is a solid product of Melodic
Metal, with peaks of neoclassical Power. Guitars get classic charming solos and energetic riffs, combining techniques of melodic power metal and heavy
metal, mainly matching the taste of the German area, adding however a magic touch of
Italian harmony. Strong beats, empathic signatures, fast attacks or slow ponderous dreaming phrases let
much more than just a pretty impression. For fans of the genre, this is the album to listen to in almost every moment. "The Phoenix" might
not be revolutionary (moreover the title is practically identical to Agathodaimon's new release "Phoenix"), but it's perfectly structured with a great carpet of bass and drums that let explode Pier Gonella's powerful and addictive guitars.
Mastermind of the band is one of the most important European guitarists: Pier Gonella, who is also member of Labyrinth and Necrodeath. And to complete the caliber of this line up we have Alessandro Bissa
(Bix), special guest drummer from Vision Divine, and the new presence in the scene of female vocalist and
lyricist Giorgia Gueglio, whose voice is so forceful and cristalline.
Even if she should improve her middle tones (where her voice is too near to
pop), or old the tones longer and agreeably, she has all attributes to become an excellent metal
vocalist, because she has a natural way of singing. Steve Wavamass at the bass completes
the group. And after all, although knowing the value of the musicians, i would have never thought that a "new" Italian band could dare to compete in this genre with
the giants from "Mitteleuropa". Hardly you will find in this
album extravagant phrases but Mr. Pier Gonella has composed heavy songs of quality that can be easily assimilated, that can let your mind fly high in the warmth of summer nights or let you rocking and banging a lot. Influences from Helloween or Accept or Primal Fear or Malmsteen can surface, but it's the uncomplicated yet effective research of the genuine, traditional good things to be enthroned here. Under this point of view, maybe the
wrong step is the opener "Words are Swords", valuable song that however sounds too ambitious,
less spontaneous, and in reality cannot totally resist a confrontation with the monsters of the genre. While the
remaining 9 tracks can do it and are all too nice and some of them actually irresistible, so let's discover them.
After the hammering uptempo opener Words are Swords come in my opinion better songs like the beautiful balladesque Princess of Love will spread blue romanticism and pounding rhythm and great guitar sounds in full dreaming atmosphere. And indeed this song tells of "a clan of witches dancing in a forest": quite a druidic picture. Space is so rocking and fresh and young. Space could be also appreciated by an American audience but an English one would find it really attractive. The fast instrumental My Dreams sees a lead guitar taking the place of the vocalist and spitting also violin-like vibrato accompanying a very good basic composition . Surely a great track.
Lullaby Noir is sensible and, at times, when Giorgia Gueglio reaches the higher octave of her range, almost hymnic. The titletrack The Phoenix unleashes much tension, is much better than the opener and can activate the attention of those who like restless Speed/Power metal.
Greedy Blade, whose lyrics speak about the big and devastating disaster of Vajont, is for me the best track of the CD, the track that combines pure Melodic Heavy Metal of finest with modern feelings and a touch of synthetic. Dawn of Promises is fast, hard, full of riffs yet very harmonious.
We return to slow and sorrowful pace with another instrumental,
Memories, where the lead guitar gets a marked cutting edge. Finally another track which i
recommend: the rocking, tenacious Cradle of Stone, where also involving dreaming passages are contemplated.
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