Friday, February 24, 2017

Arduini / Balich "Dawn of Ages"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Doom Metal
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
1. The Fallen
2. Forever Fade
3. Into Exile
4. The Wraith
5. Beyond the Barricade
6. The Gates of Acheron
7. Sunrise (Uriah Heep Cover)
8. Wolf of Velvet Fortune (Beau Brummels Cover)
9. After All (The Dead) (Black Sabbath Cover)

Victor Arduini (ex-Fates Warning) - guitars
Brian “Butch” Balich (Argus) - vocals
Chris Judge (Freedoms Reign's) - drums
Nick Bellmore - drums (7, 9)
Bruce MacPherson - keyboards (7)

Arduini/Balich’s goal is to create monumental doomed progressive metal, and they definitely succeeded. The album starts with the ten-minute opener The Fallen, where the band shows from the start that they are not in a hurry to get to the point. A one-minute long guitar intro paves the way for something like a second intro, with the other instruments joining in, creating a melancholy atmosphere reminding of early Trouble. Especially the weeping guitar should allow for this comparison. Nearly halfway into the song, it’s finally time for Butch Balich to join in, and his strong vocals are really quite unique. At times they remind me of the hoarse perfection of Omen’s J.D. Kimball, an extraordinary artist who left us much too soon. The following Forever Fade is at six minutes the shortest regular track on the album, and despite a doomy intro, it gains momentum rather soon and feels like a refreshing mix between US power metal and proto doom metal.
Read the full review at disagreement.net



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