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There's not a weak track and every one maintains interest with all the lovely subtle touches they've included.

Italian Prog band Adramelch have somehow stayed under my radar despite this being their fourth album release since 1988 (the first three being 'Irae Melanox', 'Broken History', 'Lights From Oblivion') as I couldn't recall their name, nor did I find any reviews on the music web sites I visit regularly; on the evidence of this album that's a huge shame and an opportunity lost. Some additional research lead to reviews on specialist Metal sites, suggesting either they previously produced much heavier material or their PR didn't feel the mainstream sites would be interested.

Had I unearthed this background prior to listening to the album, I'd probably have arrived at the preconception that Adramelch are yet another generic Euro Metal outfit with the inherent (and extremely dull) double bass drum fusillade; however that would have been far from the reality. If, like me, you have a fondness for the well crafted songs of Kamelot with nods in the direction of Queensr├┐che and Balance Of Power then this is going to be an album you'll enjoy, no question.

Vittorio Ballerio does have an accent, a pet hate of mine, but in this case it's not intrusive and he sings wonderfully throughout. The twin guitars of Gianluca Corona and Fabio Troiani are fantastic with any number of little accentuations and fills that flesh out the arrangements delightfully and elevate the tunes from good to something rather special, whilst the rhythm section of Sarmax (bass) and Sigfrido Percich (drums) hold everything together marvellously.

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'Black Mirror' has a lovely bass riff to open and then a guitar refrain that's immediately gratifying. The style of this song, as with a number on the album, is redolent of Kamelot but maybe slightly lighter in approach. The chorus is wonderful. What impresses me is that they don't swamp the tracks with instrumentation; they leave space for them to breathe.

'Long Live The Son' features a Pink Floyd-ish synth wash behind another nice guitar motif, again they demonstrate a fine ear for a chorus. Two tracks in and I'm pretty much hooked, the question is can maintain this quality throughout the twelve tracks? The answer is an emphatic yes! There's not a weak track amongst them and every one maintains interest with all the lovely subtle touches they've included.

'Pride' moves along nicely, 'Northern Lights' is acoustic guitar-based with the electrics doing lovely stuff over them. The female answering vocal is a fine touch. I wish I could pr├ęcis every song but room doesn't permit. Suffice to say their ability to arrange songs is the key.

This album came to me out of the blue and I'm so glad it did; suppose I'd better check out the back catalogue.

Gary Marshall

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