After "The Akallabeth" inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien, keyboardist Gabriele Manzini now publishes his second work. It's fed by bloody themes: classic horror stories. In the "Ouverture: Frozen Torment" one hears owl cries to swollen e-piano. Then the story of Countess Elizabeth Báthory is told, who is sentenced to death for her murders of six hundred young girls due to her thirst for blood. It's scary stuff, but it also gets you through your heart and legs musically. "When The Night" could be Blue Öyster Cult. So the cover of their showpiece "Nosferatu" is not surprising. In "Misplaced Love" a plucked acoustic guitar and a synthie like played by Rick Wakeman sound to the dark tones. The fourteen-minute "The Night Scythe" is staged like a grand opera with dramatic singing. "The Black Bride is a piano-borne cemetery ballad. "My Only Love" by Roxy Music comes as a surprise, but still fits into the concept. With "Wheels Of Confusion" (in the original by Back Sabbath) comes again more hardness and Metal into the play. All in all a scary pleasure.
Top track: Misplaced Love