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THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL

Experimental/Post Metal • Canada


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Formed during an uncertain and difficult time in his career,experimental progressive metal project THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL was originally intended to be PULSE ULTRA guitarist Dominic Cifarelli's debut solo album.He based the project on a fictional story he wrote,and after the break-up of PULSE ULTRA Dominic began jamming with friend and drummer Joey Bastone.They also watched many,many violent Japanese anime movies,which had some influence on the
direction Dominic's music would take.

Taking a year to write and record,Dominic finished "Starborn,Tome I" and released it under the moniker THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL in 2007.The first of a promised trilogy,it follows Israfel,the main character,in his search for a new home and the self discovery of his superior inner design.

THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL is an unadulterated musical story-telling vision that draws on violent Japanese anime to create a fantastic world of amazing music and often disturbing,brutal and dark imagery.








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4.07 | 15 ratings
Starborn,Tome I
2007

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 Starborn,Tome I by CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL,THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.07 | 15 ratings

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Starborn,Tome I
The Chronicles of Israfel Experimental/Post Metal

Review by avestin
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4 stars Dominic Cifarelli, guitarist of the now defunct Montreal band Pulse Ultra, is the man behind the Chronicles Of Israfel project. He starts his solo output with the album Starborn, Tome I, which is a very good heavy/progressive metal release; rich and varied, this piece goes on to cover various moods and styles, from aggressive and fast to slower and emotional yet still powerful and heavy. A concept album revolving around the figure named Israfel which as I've read is on a self-discovery journey and goes through various hardships; it is not the only figure in the story as every musician on the album portrays a different character in the story. As I have a legal digital download version of the album I can't tell you much more about that concept and so can only expand on the musical side, which is the main issue anyway.

As said above, the music is quite varied in styles and moods. I can spot similarities in style to bands such as Pain Of Salvation and Dream Theatre, but not in a clone-like manner. The musicianship is of very high level, accurate and efficient, contributing to the rich and enveloping sound of the album. The 3 first tracks which comprise the three parts of the title track are mostly instrumental and provide a compelling introduction to the album, theme and music. It then moves on to songs with each providing melodic and heavy experiences with fitting vocals (clear, dominant and a little rasp at times). All instruments are well heard (good mix) and represented on the album and the combination of the guitar and keyboards part creates a well balanced multi-layered edge to the songs. The songs are not only thrilling and gripping but complex in their arrangements and intricacies. They also flow very well from one to the next, assisting in the creating the feeling of a continuous storyline.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this release, not having heard of this project before getting the album. However, I must say that this has been a splendid and most satisfying discovery and it's a great listening experience. Greatly recommended to all those who love melodic progressive metal especially in the form of concept albums.

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 Starborn,Tome I by CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL,THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.07 | 15 ratings

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The Chronicles of Israfel Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Starborn, Tome 1" is the debut full-length studio album by The Chronicles of Israfel. The album was released in 2007 through Bridge of Hands Entertainment. The Chronicles of Israfel is a one-man project formed by Dominic Cifarelli. Dominic Cifarelli handles guitars, bass, vocals, samples and keyboards. He is helped out on the album by drummer Joey Bastone. The project was created in a turbulent period of Dominic Cifarelli´s life as his band Pulse Ultra were on the brink of splitting up. "Starborn, Tome 1" was born out the frustration.

"Starborn, Tome 1" is a sci-fi concept album and all tracks segue into each other to form one long listening experience. The album opens with a trio of instrumental tracks and I was beginning to wonder if this was an instrumental album, but "Burning Day" introduces pleasant and strong vocals (nice harmonies too). The music on the album is progressive metal. It´s mostly guitar and vocal driven but complimented by atmosphere creating keyboards. I think all elements succeed in bringing out the right atmosphere to compliment the sci-fi lyrics.

The sound production is good, but a bit compressed. The drums have a kind of artificial sound that lacks a bit of power to my ears.

The musicianship is strong. The drumming by Joey Bastone leaves a bit to be desired though and combined with the not so strong drum sound that part of the album is a slight weakness.

Overall "Starborn, Tome 1" is a pretty strong progressive metal album though and the few weaknesses don´t overshadow the fact that I for the most part enjoy the album. A 3.5 star rating is deserved.

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 Starborn,Tome I by CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL,THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
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The Chronicles of Israfel Experimental/Post Metal

Review by painofdamnation

5 stars The most innovative album I'ver heard in a long time

I must say I'm thankful now I'm the proud owner of such a beautiful album! The Chronicles Of Israfel is Dominic Cifarelli's solo project, a guitar player I didn't know until this, to be honest. Starborn, Tome I sounds like nothing I heard before, it's just it. Dark guitar tunes, awesome keyboard and strings arrangements, great and catchy bass lines that can be heard through the whole album, not like most guitar works out there, a very efficient drumming and flawless vocals, even though the singer is not amazing, he really does a good job.

As its name suggests, it's the first part (of three, as the author said) of the story of Israfel, a tormented boy in his travel to unveil his true self, discovering his superior inner design. There are songs fully sang, other instrumental and the most impressive thing is Cifarelli brothers work, I mean, the guitar and keyboard are superb, what a magnificient couple, it's clear they've known each other for their entire life.

Starborn, Tome I is much more than a progressive rock album, is an epic travel through obscure moods, violence and despair, but with a nice, sweet, addictive taste.

Top 10 best discoveries last year, deserves a 5 star rating. Materpiece.

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The Chronicles of Israfel Experimental/Post Metal

Review by BravViper

5 stars The Chronicles of Israfel - Starborn, Tome 1

This album is fantastic. In isolation these tracks are amazing but in the final format all together running in the order they should be it is something else. Each track blends with the next playing out the first instalment of Israfel's story to perfection. Below is a description of each track and the sound you can expect to hear once the album ships. I assure you that you will not be disappointed!

Starborn Part I: Empire Of Light This track did appear for a short time on the Myspace page. Rainfall can be heard beating down and a voice whispers "I am Israfel. This is my story". A fitting beginning! A clean guitar gives way to the first of many amazing heavy riffs on this album. Being an instrumental track the song showcases Dominic's solo mastery. I would describe this as a heavy yet melodic rock track filled with amazing solos. The main theme of the song continues to 3.40min where the track stops and build to a fast pace finale.

Starborn Part II: Citizen An atmospheric track filled with fast pace riffs and wonderful supporting keyboards. Another instrumental track but shorter than the first. Reminds me of the sound from the Pulse Ultra days. Another slightly faster and heavy rock track.

Starborn Part III: On A Forever Road This track was the track that began my journey with Dominic and Israfel. This track has been up at Myspace for a long time so you don't really need me to tell you how good it really is. Footsteps can be heard and whispering voice calling Israfel on a forever road. When the riff starts you know straightaway that you are in for a musical treat. It builds and builds showcasing some of the best riff work I have heard for years. Fast yet tight chops cover this track. At 2.22 min you get a solo that I personally did not expect. Almost jazz like but amazing to say the least. Then onto some perfect tapping solos. Then back to the main theme. Another bridge section slowing things down to build again to a pounding final riff. An aggressive and powerful metal opera track.

Burning Day The first vocal track of the album. Vocals and guitar that is it! The riff is almost Van Halen-esque. Peppered with delay and oozing with dirty yet clear tone. This is a taste of the amazing vocal performances throughout the album and Dominic's ability to tell a story through music and words.

The Equinigma Currently up on the Myspace page. Another vocal track and the first acoustic track on the album. I loved this track as soon as I heard it but questioned how it would fit in with all the other heavy distorted guitar tracks. Well in the context of the album it is perfect. Making the heavier track heavier and showing us how good a writer Dominic is. The solo at 2.41 mins for some reason reminds me of early Marty Friedman. Dual clean guitars dripping out an oriental sounding solo.

Laudanum A slow burning track that at the time of writing is my favourite track of the album. An acoustic opening with haunting guitar sounds (using volume pedal if I am not mistaken). At 1.42 mins a fat and heavily distorted guitar pounds out a relentless riffs that really screw with my car sound system. Another oriental sound guitar/keyboard solo features along with amazing vocal/lyrics.

Nation Another track that has been on Myspace for some time and one would say a favourite to be a single. Does everyone know what the backward lyrics are on this track? Another amazing riff kicks this track off to see a slow verse section with more fantastic vocals. This track shows the epic nature of the album with orchestral backing and a rousing speech by The Witan Leader. Another great example of story telling and dramatic musical scale.

Born Fighting Another contender for best track for me. This has been on Myspace also and was exactly like I imagined it to be from the title. Heavy, fast, aggressive riffage and anthem-esque chorus. Does exactly what it says on the tin. This is a great example of how the track takes on a new life when played in order. Played after Nation makes this song seem faster and far more aggressive than in isolation.

Kill Division Another track featured on the Myspace page and the first track to detail the story being played thought the music. The track starts with a dialogue using voice manipulation equipment for sure. More fast and heavy riffs and another chorus destined to be streamed by thousands of Kill Division members.

New Mood Therapy Another track that has recently seen a short stint on the Myspace page. An instrumental epic with synth and orchestral solos. Another fast and furious track somewhat akin to the keyboard solos you would expect on a Dream Theatre album. A rock/metal extravaganza.

Eugenics Another track that is currently on Myspace. Clean guitar and gorgeous piano plays in the background while a variety of "characters" tell the story of Israfel's first mission. More amazing vocal performances. The calm and focused clean guitar and piano together with the aggressive and evil subject matter show cleaver song writing skills. Another heavy riff over the chorus sees this track touch on many emotions.

Home To Oblivion More piano work plays while the sound of war can be heard in the background. Forceful and driven guitar riffs kick in and build to the tolling of bells and an amazing repeated solo. The final battle so perfectly created in musical form. Destruction and the burning of the dead is all that remains.

Lacrima Christi A mournful acoustic riff repeats with a haunting voice echoing in Israfel's ears. The final track of the album leaving us all asking "what is to happen next?"

This album is a must for all Prog Rock fans or anyone that loves amazing guitar work. This is probably the only album i own that i can listen from start to finish over and over and never skip a track.

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