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4 stars A descent to the Inferno of a man's soul. An ascent to the heaven of musical bliss.

This album is one of my favourite albums alongside other Italian masterpieces and overall progressive albums.

I don't want this rating to be taken lightly and as an obvious choice. It took me about 25-30 thorough listens to it in order to appreciate it fully, to grasp all the details and the sophisticated musical parts that seem to hide from you on initial listens. It grew on me slowly. With each listen I was taken by the magic of another song. What an amazing concept album. Its name promises a frightening journey to the depths of hell, but this is not the case. The music itself has some scary tones in it, contributing to the albums' atmosphere of descent to the underworld. But it is a delight to listen to it.

This album will please all keyboards enthusiastic, since it is literally, drenched with piano and synths playing. The guitar is present but it is pushed to the background and often the bass is more clearly heard than the guitar.

Some of the songs are connected and even when there is a pause between songs, it is not very noticeable since the whole album flows smoothly. The music fits a mans descent into his inner depths where his personal hell lies, which maybe what this whole album talks about (I don't speak Italian very well).

Instead of hell, you have here a paradise of music filled with beautiful melodies. It contains some of the most emotional and captivating tunes I have hear, especially on Introduzione, Selva Oscura and Lussuriosi. The vocalist has an amazing voice, in my opinion. The depth of his voiceis more than competent to deal with what is required here. He manages to express the terrible experience of a person condemned to go to hell (if that is even what he sings about). The keyboards are definitely the highlight of this album. They dominate the music, going from slow and emotional to faster, virtuosic and dynamic. All the while they conjure up images of the journey to the inferno with blazing balls of fire, evil smiling demons, rivers of lava and the rest of the atrocities along the way. Due to the low quality of production, the enjoyment from this album diminishes to a certain extent, though the music itself is so gorgeous, that I tend to disregard it. A brilliant piece of art! For PA rating - 4.75 stars. A note: the back cover of the cd issue states that there are 16 tracks but the cd itself shows only 12 tracks. This is due to the fact that on the cd, all the instrumental tracks were united with the preceding songs, thus shortening it to 12 songs.

avestin | 4/5 |


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