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HolyCrap - 85%

Flamos, October 13th, 2009

At first glance this may seem like a Nightwish clone. A female singer in the genre of power metal. This is discouraging, mainly because it most likely means absolutely no originality or spunk. However, if you throw your suspicions away, you'll mind an enjoyable piece of music. The name of the band describes their music entirely, a gorgeous voice from Maria Breon and hellish and dark lyrical themes. Also, this album is under Magic Circle production. A company owned by Manowar bassist Joey DaMio. This alone jolts their status up to recognizable, but with a good record deal and expectations, do they full deliver?

The acquisition of Joe Strump is quite a sensational one. His playing is flawless and consistent, something a new band normally doesn't get handed to them. Not only that, the also obtained Kenny Edward, aka Rhino, once the drummer for Manowar. Being in that band alone puts your near the top, and his performance is also great. Having two veterans in you band makes things a little bit easier when your up and coming. Just having these two in the band elevates you beyond others. Now, keyboards do exist here. Whether your annoyed by them or not, there used extremely well here. Francisco Palomo has also done some previous work with Manowar, so he's made some what of a name of himself as well. It's not overblown or drowning, it's used in the right amount and successfully cast on this album. You will enjoy his playing. The bass player Jay Rigley has bounced around in a few underground projects, and he also does a nice job here. To be honest, this is a superb line-up. To get Rhino and Joe Strump is a massive privilege and they use them to their full extent. Maria Breon's voice is absolutely astounding. If your a fan of female vocals she could be your new favorite, if you not, well shame on you.

A perfect example of her voice is the ballad title "The Fall." Holy crap, dose she do a fantastic job. The choirs is layered well and performed just as good. "Wings of Light" is the opener, and probably the catchiest as well. The lyrical content of this album is simple really, every song revolves around angels, demons, light, darkness, life, and death. Sure, not the most inventive idea, but this is used effectively to it's highest potential. Every song seems to tell a new story, even though the content is a one trick pony. It's repetitive, and unique at the same time. This album can break off it's weaknesses with solid writing and performances. "Holy Water" begins with a cool riff and it hooks you quickly. Soon enough, this song will get you to. Now, the instrumental "Mephesto" is something special. It's a keyboard solo performance (minus a few other instruments here and there). There's no doubt that this is one of the coolest songs I've heard in a while. Fast, full of energy, and just plain awesome. I loved it actually. This is where Fransisco Palomo shows what he can do, and if you doubted him before, this will keep your mouth shut for sure. Very impressive. Resurrection is actually a cover from the band Godgory. A slower pace, and a bit lengthy, but an overall solid tune. "Gates of Hell" is also well done. The choirs is quite catchy and powerful. "Eclipse" and "Apocalypse" have a similar feel. "Armageddon" is an average song at best, but after listening to such a positive album, it shouldn't bother you too much.

The production is rock solid. If anyone has listened to Joey DeMayo you know he strives for perfection, and he gets damn close with this one. The album clocks in a little over an hour, so you'll get what you pay for. This band was blessed with great players and a good production team. You'll be pleasantly surprised when you purchase this, getting a healthy does of power metal that definitely cleanses the palliate. Great album, recommend to any power metal enthusiast.