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These gods will never go into the twilight - 97%

slayrrr666, June 7th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2015, CD, Scarlet Records (Digipak)

Taking their sound to it’s fullest extreme, Italian symphonic power metal masters Kaledon have furthered the exploration of their epic sound while continually adding more and more melodic elements to create one of the finest hallmarks of the Italian symphonic sound. Being the last record with vocalist Claudio Conti before being replaced by Marco Palazzi, the group’s fourth full-length was originally released September 5, 2006 on Mythic Silence with a reissue August 21, 2015 on Scarlet Records.

This here is such a frantic and explosive mixture of traditional Italian symphonic power metal that there’s very little doubt here about the album’s origins. This here takes their penchant for utilizing the strong, swirling riff-work and furious speed metal tempos to their grandest extremes as the assault is laced throughout here in grand fashion for glorious symphonic-laden work throughout the album. Given a boost by driving the speed-drenched patterns with blaring keyboards, majestic choirs and pounding double-bass blasting drumming there’s a bombastic quality to the epic rhythms here with the basic attack replicating that country’s most famous acts. Added alongside this bombastic nature is a lot of harmonic melodies throughout as this one introduces a memorable sense of highly melodic series of riffing into the attack which simply helps this along in determining that symphonic-laden approach that the country is known for. That alone might be the album’s greatest weakness as well, though, since this one tends to play just about everything so obviously and intentionally as a part of the style that it becomes lumped into the cliches of the scene without trying at all. Every hallmark of Italian-based symphonic power metal is explored, from furious speed-drenched moshers loaded with bombastic, epic hymns and relentless tempos, slow-downed ballads and cheesy fantasy-based lyrics that all manage to still make this one incredibly listenable for the most part.

There’s nothing about this one that strikes as memorable, original or creative at all within the style or even their country’s particular releases yet this one is such a fun and highly enjoyable listen that it overcomes so much of this it becomes a mandatory listen solely for that crowd who can’t take enough of the style while those who can’t take the cheese featured here should avoid this at all cost.