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TEMPLE OF SHADOWS

Angra

 

Progressive Metal

4.13 | 186 ratings

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petrica
4 stars

When talking about this kind of music for me is somehow hard to be really objective because I always had a languor for this kind of power metal approach pioneered by Helloween back in '87-'88 with their Keeper of the Seven Keys 1+2.

I like very much the vocals from Eduardo Falaschi one of the most memorable and melodic I ever heard. Every time when I'm listening to Waiting Silence and his incredible beginning I feel goosebumps rising on my skin. Beside this there are also some other enjoyable moments. Something for everyone of you. For example the symphonic approach on No pain for the dead or the flamenco style from the seventh song The Shadow Hunter or just straight forward power metal songs like The template of hate. The last song, Gate XIII, reminds me of the sound track of Finding Neverland movie

Kai Hansen from Gamma Ray is a guest here on The Temple Of Hate and I was really surprised in a good manner to hear his voice on this very good album. He is not the only guest musician here but also Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian on Winds of Destination or Milton Nascimento who is also invited on Late Redemption singing.

What I have to remind you is to check also the lyrics which are really simple on some part but in the same time very inspired, like on Sprouts of Time:

I lay my eyes in the past

From the first day to the last

Several things we had to learn

Countless mistakes from times of yore

Now we restart, we recreate

Your present is your fate

As a minus I would point out the fact that the concept behind it is not really evident and one may have difficulties in understanding the storyline behind. Nevertheless, this is one the best albums from power progressive genre which is very melodic and well played even if it is more or less in the same "Angra" style. For sure this release is their best effort up to now.

petrica | 4/5 |

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