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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.

Cheddar drenched and ready for battle. - 76%

Empyreal, April 30th, 2008

Seriously, how do they do it? I remember reading the description for the band before I got this album: Country of origin was Italy, genre was Power Metal, and their name and album title implied a fantasy based lyrical stance. That did not bode well for the ol Power Metal Bullshitometer, but I went ahead and got it anyway, thinking I'd at least have something fun to bash in a review if things went awry.

Well, all of my suspicions were confirmed. Kaledon play fantasy based Italian Power Metal with fluffy synths accenting everything, double bass runs that pound down on your head like two rabbits doing it doggy style, sharp, melodic guitar harmonies, and a vocalist with a seriously impaired English accent. Oh, and lyrics that sound like they were lifted straight out of any given 80s fantasy fun flick. There isn't much here you haven't heard before, and overall, Kaledon are pretty much everything that most people think every band in this genre is like. They are a living, breathing stereotype, plain and simple, no way around it. They aren't progressive, they don't incorporate dark, horror movie-esque thematics into their songwriting style, and they don't intend to re-invent the genre. Yet if one can get past all of that, Kaledon's Twilight of the Gods is quite an enjoyable album. With well constructed melodic crackers like the shimmering opener "The Holy Water," the pounding and hellishly catchy "Hell on Earth," the sickeningly-sweet quasi-epic "Clash of the Titans" and the melodic storm of "Eyes of Fire," Kaledon remain thoroughly listenable and easily enjoyable for even the most casual of Metal fans, and that is not a bad thing.

Not everything here is perfect, though. The main one is that Kaledon can't seem to go slower and write a real epic. They attempt to do so with "Into the Fog" and "The Fury," which both hover around the 6 minute mark, and it just doesn't work. These songs don't contain the fun-ness or replayability factor of the best ones, even though they are quite competent as melodious compositions - there is simply something lacking there. The ballads suck ass without exception, too, but I never expected anything else. So Kaledon have some consistency issues.

Overall, though, Kaledon are set to be one of your favorite bands if you can't get enough of Rhapsody of Fire, Dragonland and Dark Moor. They aren't doing anything too original, but who the fuck needs that? Recommended to fans of the genre only.

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