Two years after 'Sweet Blood Theory" Italian power metal combo Secret Sphere releases their new album "Archetype". They have chosen to take a more melodic power metal approach. It sounds less Edguy-like on the new album and they returned to a style as we know it from bands like Labyrinth, Helloween and Gamma Ray. More melody, more keyboards, faster tracks and more choir singing. They also use some aggressive background singing parts, done by Trevor (Sadist).
The choir singing by Allessandro Conti (Trick or Treat) and Damnagoras (Elvenking) sounds very professional and adds something extra. After a beautiful intro the song "Line On Fire" starts in good power metal tradition, fast, melodic and with aggressive vocal parts to give it a heavy vibe. Just 2 other tracks I want to mention are "Mr. Sin" and "Into the Void", those 2 tracks have musical similarities with bands like Helloween and Gamma Ray. The nice thing about Secret Sphere however is that they don't sound like a copy of any other power metal band. They use influences of several bands, but they have a face of their own.
Last album "Sweet Blood Theory" was a little less power metal, with this new album they returned completely to the traditional power metal roots. This is their best one so far.