3. Islands of Madness
4. Truth Lies …
5. Wonderful Magician
6. Beyond a Lifetime
7. Tides of My Soul
9. King (of the Rain of Tomorrow)
10. Pain After Pain
11. We March, We Fail
Release Date: 27 April 2012 – Pure Prog Records
I am sure that Adramelch have many fans not only in Italy, but all over the world. This because of their style or to set it much better, as they used to play, on progressive metal way. Right now things have changed somehow. No they did not change their style, they keep playing progressive, but progressive rock. I suppose that this may make some of their fans feel strange.
So, let us get deeper in the album. The first image that my mind created after some listenings was that Adramelch want to play on a way that Jethro Tull first showed. Do not get confussed, they are not playing like Jethro Tull, but when you are going to hear the songs you will get to the point of what I am talking about. All the songs are really interesting and if you want to get warm before listen to the new Rush album then “Islands Of Madness”, “We March We Fall” and “Beyond A Lifetime” will be you best company. All the acoustic parts are being compined greatly with all the electric moments.
Also it is obvius that you wikk find many affects within the songs whether the band have thought of them or not. Listen to “King (Of The Rain Of Tomorrow)” and make sure that Opeth are in here. This song could easily be in the tracklist of “Damnation” and Adramelch prove for thirs time that they can synthsize inspired songs. The whole atmosphere is clearly progressive rock, but you can find out the Iron Maiden rhythm sections on guitars. The most obvious moment for my previous statement is the instrumental one “Chiaroscuro”; melodic and cathcy too.
What makes me have a not so good thought of the album is the way of the production. It is clear, but I do not understand why Vittorio Ballerio sounds only from the one side and from the other you listen only to guitars and the rest of the instruments. This is only a small moment in a whole beautiful album.
Anyway, Adramelch live from 1986 and till today they are alive. Some of the old fans may not like, where some new progsters may like it more than they could expect. Personally I really enjoy it and I keep enjoying it. It is up to you, but give it a chance and do not hang yourselves by my words.
Review by Dr. Feelgood