Illusions

SKU: ARISE059
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Arise Records
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Power Metal
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I dug their first album but this one may even be better! Great melodic power metal with plenty of prog elements (LOVE those keyboards). Nacho Ruiz reminds of a ballsier Andre Matos and Mamen Castano (the band's female singer) backs him adding a fuller sound to the vocals. Both singers have great range. I don't understand why these guys aren't better known. For 5 bucks you are crazy if you pass on this one - it's worth 3 times the price. Highly recommended.

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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:54
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I actually took a chance and bought this on a whim not knowing what to expect. I liked the idea of a band combining a female vocalist with a male vocalist and the male not growling! From that aspect I really like the album. What I dislike the most about the album is the lack of catchy hooks and choruses. The music is crunchy at times and beautiful at times, with a good amount of time changes. In conclusion this will appeal to most people that like keyboard driven, prog-metal, but not so much so to the melodic rock fan.
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:54
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I cannot believe I bought this CD at a bargain price, cause it has landed on my all-time top-ten list of prog-metal albums. Keyboards are not over the top. Male & female vocals absolutely compliment each other. Heavy riffs, but very melodic vocals. Nothing bores me about this album. This is a must buy.
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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:54
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I actually took a chance and bought this on a whim not knowing what to expect. I liked the idea of a band combining a female vocalist with a male vocalist and the male not growling! From that aspect I really like the album. What I dislike the most about the album is the lack of catchy hooks and choruses. The music is crunchy at times and beautiful at times, with a good amount of time changes. In conclusion this will appeal to most people that like keyboard driven, prog-metal, but not so much so to the melodic rock fan.
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:54
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I cannot believe I bought this CD at a bargain price, cause it has landed on my all-time top-ten list of prog-metal albums. Keyboards are not over the top. Male & female vocals absolutely compliment each other. Heavy riffs, but very melodic vocals. Nothing bores me about this album. This is a must buy.
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