Shade Of Fate/Lunasense ($5 Blowout Price! 2CD)

German reissue packages the two albums from this now defunct band at a budget price.  Superb progressive metal from Eastern Europe....

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Red Circle 1
Fri, 2016-06-17 18:33
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This is excellent top drawer progrmetal with a guy who can hit the highest notes I have heard but has an excellent normal range voice as well. Terrific tunes and stellar playing and at this price just buy the damn thing already!
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Red Circle 1
Fri, 2016-06-17 18:33
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This is excellent top drawer progrmetal with a guy who can hit the highest notes I have heard but has an excellent normal range voice as well. Terrific tunes and stellar playing and at this price just buy the damn thing already!
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  • "If La-Ventura hadn’t named their second full-length album White Crow, the word "testament" would have been a fitting alternative. That’s because it’s been almost 5 years since the Dutch melodic metal quartet released their critically acclaimed debut album A New Beginning. Sure, they released an EP between then and now, but La-Ventura have kept a low profile while working on their new material. Their online presence all but vanished – usually a fatal sign in this age of constant updates via Facebook and social media – and many international fans, including myself, wondered whether the band had split up. Thus, the fact that La-Ventura are still around is welcome news. And hearing the pulse of their music again on White Crow is like visiting an old friend who’s changed a bit since you two last met.What do I mean by "changed"? Well, White Crow presents a major shift in La-Ventura’s music. 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