Genius
Episode 3: The Final Surprise
Release date: February 16th 2007
Label: Frontiers Records
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo
Website: www.danielliverani.com
Style: Progressive Metal
Rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 4th 2007

The journey of Genius and his guide Twinspirits 32 comes to its conclusion, the last part of Daniel Liverani's trilogy about Genius' journey into dreams' world ends on a high note.

Just like Arjen A. Lucassen does on his Ayreon projects different vocalists personifies different characters: Genius (D.C. Cooper, Silent Force, ex-Royal Hunt), Twinspirits 32 (Daniel Gildenl÷w, Pain of Salvation), Apikor (Jorn Lande, ex-Masterplan), Kokeshi Doll (Andrea Datwyler, Lunatica), Mr. Niko (Eric Martin, ex-Mr. Big) and Senator Jeramus (Toby Hitchcock, Prise of Lions). The narrating is done by Philip Bynoe, Oliver Hartmann is handling all the backing vocals and Mr. Liverani is taking care of the rest (guitars, bass and keys) with the exception of the drumming, which his fellow Khymera compatriot Dario Ciccioni takes care of. Daniel Liverani has produced the album as well.

The vocal performances on this album alone makes this album worth your hard earned cash, and Daniel Liverani has written almost 80 minutes of very interesting powerful and melodic metal, where the storyline carries the songs to high levels. I won't point specific songs out because this is the third part of a big concept and all songs are important to the story.

Great album for fans of symphonic concept albums, and while we wait for the next Ayreon album with great anticipation, Genius makes the waiting time a bit easier...