VALKERYON - Vision Of Fire

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 164 / 10-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8.5/10 | Label: The Leaders Group | Autor: BSV

Pure exaggeration must have been Valkeryon's motto for their album "Vision Of Fire". The band from Panama burns a firework of the symphonic prog. The ten tracks remain compact and do not stop at endless solos. Instead, the arrangements are so dense that there is no room to breathe. No moment, however small, is used for peace and quiet, but serves as a guitar solo or canon-like choir to let off steam, even if only for a second. Such a bombast is usually only known from Japanese like Ars Nova or Gerard. At the same time everything here is theatrical and melodramatic. Only the big gesture is Valkeryon's thing. The singing is pathos to the power of three and is sometimes reminiscent of Meat Loaf. Of course the guitars and the synths (even the piano) try to outdo each other in their solos. The double bass drum drives the tracks permanently at top speed. You don't have to like that kind of music. But you have to attest Valkeryon that they did an excellent job. Hats off.

Top Track: Umbra Wars

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