Power of Metal.dk Review

Hollow Haze
Memories Of An Ancient Time
Style: Symphonic Power Metal
Release date: 9 June, 2015
Playing time: 54:00

The predecessor of this new album was recorded with Fabio Lione on vocals. On this new album they had to look for a new singer and instead of one, they invited several singers to finish the job. Mats Levén (ex- Therion, Candlemass), Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Ivan Giannini (Derdian) and for the female voices Amanda Somerville and Claudia Layline (Serenade). As far as I can hear Mats takes care of most lead vocals while the other vocalists handle the backing vocals. I don't have information about who sings what, but I think I recognize Mats and of course Amanda's voice rather often. With such good singers and the ability of the band to write interesting and strong songs, you can imagine that this is a strong album.

After a bombastic theatrical intro the track "Rain Of Fire Lights" bursts out in symphonic power metal style reminding of Rhapsody and bands like that. Especially in the faster tracks like for instance "Silvertown" or "Rain of Fire and Lights". The biggest contrast with the former album is of course the difference between the higher majestic voice of Fabio and the more edgier and rawer timbre in the singing of Mats. Besides the faster tracks there are more progressive kind of songs as well. "Gate To the Eternity" and the fourth track are good examples of that. In that song male and female singing are alternated and nicely balanced. "Eyes of the Sphinx" is a slower song with accoustic guitars and only near the end the guitar is plugged in for a nice solo. Like on almost every album these days, the Eastern melodies can't be missing ("Lance Of the Destiny").

If you are into symphonic powermetal you will enjoy this album, personally I'm curious about who will be singing on the next album, will the band continue with guests singing or wil there be a perminent member? We will find out in the future, for now we can only enjoy 'Memories of An Ancient Time'.     

01. Out In the Darkness
Rain Of Fire Ligths
Created To Live
An Ancient Story
A New Era
06. Night Is Calling
7. Angeli Di Fuoco
8. Silvertown
9. Eyes Of the Sphinx
10. Lance Of Destiny
1. Demon
Gate To the Eternity
Label: Scarlet Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 10 June, 2015
Website: www.facebook.com/hollowhaze.music