Almah - 'Motion'

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Album number three from Brazilian Power Metal quintet Almah.

Album number three from Brazilian Power Metal quintet Almah sees the band step out of the shadows of what was originally a solo project put together by ex Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi to become a living and breathing entity all of its own. The first Almah album, released in 2007, was a bit of an all star affair featuring amongst others Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen and Kamelot’s Casey Grillo on drums. Falaschi recruited guitarists Marcelo Barbosa and Paulo Schroeber, fellow Angra bassist Felipe Andreoli and drummer Marcelo Moreira to tour the album and they have been together ever since. Although this line up recorded the more cohesive ‘Fragile Equality’ in 2008, they really have come of age on this release.



‘Motion’ is also a much heavier than their two previous efforts as the band push the boundaries of their classic power metal sound. By tracking the rhythm guitars four times, they have added real bite and menace to tracks such as ‘Living And Drifting’ and ‘Days Of The New’. This together with the usual neo-classical solos and soaring vocals brings real light and shade to most of the songs on the album. This is none more apparent than on the mid paced ‘Bullets On The Altar’ and really lifts them out of the ordinary. They don’t let it rest there either. On mid album cuts like the rampant ‘Zombie Dictator’, ‘Trace Of Trait’ and ‘Soul Alright’ they weave some contemporary, almost Gothenburg melodic death metal influences into their sound to great effect. Even Edu gets in the act with a few well placed growls and screams! ‘Trace Of Trait’ is certainly the pick of the bunch and is arguably the best song on the album. The band is still happy to show their subtle side though on the brooding ‘Late Night In ‘85’ and the acoustic album closer ‘When And Why’.

Although this is very much a band album in every sense of the word, special mention must go to Edu Falaschi. The diminutive frontman puts in excellent performance throughout, showing real depth and range to his voice (Is it just me or does he sound uncannily like Bruce Dickinson on ‘Living And Drifting’?). On this album, Almah have not been content to rest on their laurels and have driven their music into new areas. In doing so, they have created something rather special.

Alister Strachan

 

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