Power of Metal.dk Review

Reign of the Architect
Style: Progressive Symphonic Metal
Release date: 15 April, 2013
Playing time: 67:02

Yuval Kramer (Amaseffer) – Guitars
Tom Gefen – Vocals  (The Architect)
Davidavi Dolev – Vocals (Storyteller, Father, Razor)
Nina Vouraki – Piano (on tracks 3, 11 and 13)

Mauricio Bustamante – Drums and Percussion
Mike LePond (Symphony X) – Bass (on tracks 2, 3, 9, 13 and 14)
Kyle Honea – Bass (on tracks 4, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15)
Adva Kramer – Vocals (The Teacher, Rapture)
Grace Hannah Woolf – Vocals (The Girl)
Yotam Avni – Vocals (Ruin)
Jeff Scot Soto – Vocals (The President on track 14)
Joost Van Den Broek  (Ayreon, Star One, etc.) – Keyboard solos (on track 7)
Assaf Levy – Guitar solos (on tracks 4 and 9)
Dark Serpent – Soldiers (on track 15)

This progmetal project hails from Israel and is a rather complex piece with a concept story (about WW III) thought out by Yoatam Avni (Prey For Nothing). Like you can read above the band had a few guests, who have already earned their stripes in the metal genre. After the first spin I was a bit flabbergasted, was it good or was it a so so album... I couldn't really tell. Besides the bombastic heavier parts there are softer easy listening pieces with piano and after the first spin I had the idea that there were a few too many of them. But I listened again.... and again.... and again... and I must conclude that it all is in perfect balance and that I was mistaken, there are a lot more heavy parts.

This surely is an album that will get better after each spin and the combination of female, clean and more harsh aggressive singing keep the songs interesting. Personal favourite is "Distant Similarities", that track has it all; aggression, a superb keyboard solo and interesting different singing styles. Progressive symphonic opera metal could be a right description for this style. Bombast, choir singing, furious fast parts, piano parts, keyboard parts everything can be found here. There are parts reminding me of bands like Kamelot, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Iced Earth, Epica and many others..., but it is the combination of all these parts that make this album what it is.

I don't think there will be any prog metal fan spitting on this. The best prog metal album so far this year in my eyes...

01. The End
02. Different Heart
03. Hymn to Loneliness
04. False
05. Such a Celebration
06. Leaking Wounds
07. Distant Similarities
08. One Single Sour Grape
09. As the Old Turns to Sorrow
10. I The Architect
11. Secrets in the Hallway
12. Crown of the Shattered Dreams
13. The Green Flame
14. We Must Retaliate
15. Hopeless War
Label: Pitch Black Records
Distribution: Pitch Black Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 12 April, 2013
Website: www.reignofthearchitect.com