Thursday, October 31, 2013

Archangel "Tales of Love and Blood"

Country: Italy
Sub GenreGothic Progressive Rock
Release dateOctober 31, 2013
  1. Frozen Torment (Ouverture)
  2. When the Night
  3. Nosferatu
  4. Misplaced Love
  5. The Night Scythe
  6. The Black Bride
  7. My Only Love
  8. In Loneliness
  9. Wheels of Confusion (Bonus track)
Gabriele Manzini (Ubi Maior, ex-The Watch) - keyboards
Alessandro Dovì - guitars
Marcella Arganese (Ubi Maior, Shylock) - guitars
Stefano Mancarella (Ubi Maior) - guitars
Ettore Salati (ex-The Watch, Soulengine) - guitars
Gualtiero Walter Gorreri (Ubi Maior) - bass
Davide Martinelli - drums
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Landmarq) - vocals on tracks 4, 6, 8
Gianluigi Girardi  - vocals
Joe Salati (Red Zen, Soulengine, Alex Carpani Band) - vocals

This time Archangel shifts his musical style from the hard-progressive-folk of the first album to a new kind of gothic-prog rock with reference to gothic-metal and to the new wave of the 80’s.
Tales of Love and Blood is not a concept album even though a general theme surfaces every song which are gathered in three greater suites: Countess Báthory Suite (tracks 1- 4, based on the dramatic story of Countess Elizabeth Báthory), The Following Suite (track 5, a classic horror tale based on a Necromancer and his follower) and Love and Blood Suite (tracks 6-8, ghost stories full of melancholy and nostalgia). 
Two important cover songs are nestled like precious gems inside the plot: “Nosferatu” by the seminal and mystic hard rock masters Blue Oyster Cult and “My Only Love” from the refined British heroes Roxy Music. A third and totally reworked cover is set at the end of the work like a bonus track since it eludes the general theme of the album: “Wheels of Confusion” from the metal pioneers Black Sabbath.
 In few words, Tales of Love and Blood is a gothic journey inside a progressive soul.

When the night

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