Power of Metal.dk Review

Lights from Oblivion
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 27 April, 2012
Playing time: 61:55

I gotta admit that I wasn't that excited about listening to this group. Yet, something compelled me to do so. What I found, though, is that this is great group that I hope receives more attention! They've been around since the 80s, and have made great music around their busy schedules. 

This Milanese band is labelled as progressive metal, but I'm not really hearing much metal here. To be sure, there isn't much standard metal here at all. This band has a fairly unique style that is more concerned with overall sound and presentation than with technicality. I admire that. I do find that they remind me a slight bit of The Hourglass, a band from Utah that may or may not be writing music right now. Their masterpiece, "Oblivious to the Obvious", is one of my favourite albums, and it features much of the same style: appropriate drums, complex riffing and soloing, strong melodies, incredible bass, and maturity/restraint. The vocalist is also quite emotive in his delivery, though his sound could use some tweaking. 

So, if you're not a metal fan, don't let the label fool you. This group isn't bombastic or heavy, but they know how to create great grooves and intricate guitar work. If you are a metal fan, you will find plenty to love here, too. Give them a shot.

01. Lights
02. Aelegia
03. Islands of Madness
04. Truth Lies
05. Wonderful Magician
06. Beyond a Lifetime
07. Tides of My Soul
08. Chiaroscuro
09. King (Of the Rain of Tomorrow)
10. Pain after Pain
11. We March, We Fail
12. Oblivion
Label: Pure Prog Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 24 June, 2013
Website: www.adramelch.com