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|Crimson Wind - Last Poetry Line (2015) Album Review|| |
Crimson Wind - Last Poetry Line (2015)
Pitch Black Records -- Running Time: 53:30
One of the latest signings to Pitch Black Records are Crimson Wind from Palermo, Italy. Formed in 2008 'Last Poetry Line' is their second album and continues that great Italian tradition of delivering first class Symphonic Power Metal. Reminiscent of bands such as Vision Divine and Labyrinth they also manage to include a healthy dose of Kamelot and Sonata Arctica to their repertoire and whilst they perhaps don't quite reach the heady heights of those bands this is still a fine album and one that fans of the genre should definitely consider adding to their collection!
This time around Crimson Wind are also introducing their new vocalist to the fold in the shape of Guido Macaione. Rather than the more operatic/wailing style than many bands of this nature use, Macaione has a voice more akin to Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder, Kamelot) and it is a good fit to the music. He has excellent range and pitch and doesn't miss a note which is certainly something not all vocalists manage. Opener 'Black Shelter' gives good all round representation of what Crimson Wind are trying to achieve. There are multiple changes of pace, guitarist Giuseppe Taormina has a rich and full sound and the riffs are impressive as is the soloing. Bassist Niki Zummo is nicely audible in the mix which is always important, keyboardist Diego Galati is firing on all cylinders employing the sound and neo-classical speed of the early Malmsteen albums and drummer Claudio Florio provides some thunder drumming in the vein of Kamelot's Casey Grillo. Together all five of them are very talented musicians and work well together.
Overall 'Last Poetry Line' uses that same template for most of the songs and also includes several very good ballads. 'Death Dwells In Sight' is a highlight with very pleasant use of orchestration, 'In Vain' is one of the catchiest and most commercial sounding tracks and 'Heirloom' provides a fitting epitaph at just over nine minutes! There is also a CD only bonus track 'Farewell is Forever' which is very good. To be perfectly honest there is nothing inadequate here at all and all I can say is that Crimson Wind don't quite have the massive hooks that the other bands mentioned above seem to achieve with regular abandon!
Given a little bit more time then Crimson Wind could well be contending for a place in that elite group as it's surely within their grasp but until then 'Last Poetry Line' delivers a more than delectable first course of Metal and Symphony that should whet the appetite nicely!
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