Anthriel fans had to wait almost seven years for a follow up to their excellent debut The Pathwa
The music is Melodic Progressive Metal/Rock Opera with strong Symphonic influences and elements of Hard Rock. It is not very Heavy and Aggressive but contains many beautiful melodies, decent synth works (maestro Jens Johansson performed some outstanding solos) and solid guitar work. Sometimes it reminds me of Royal Hunt and Rock Operas Genius and Ayreon.
Demo versions of the songs have been recorded with other drummer and singer. The demo is not so perfectly recorded and technically played but in some aspects it is more sincere and warm than the full-length CD. The songs are more Power Metal oriented and dynamic with dominant keyboard work. Former singer Max Zhena has a wide ranged voice which it is slightly lower than Steve Braun’s one and not so typical for Progressive Metal.
I’m a fan of bands that most people wouldn’t have a clue who I’m talking about. When you get down to it, I’ll likely pull out an old school album. However, there are bands that really do old school metal better than some of those bands from long ago.
This time around it seems fitting as is the end to the long chapter that Parry brought back some of those members. Guitars come from Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas), and Casy Grillo (Kamelot) performed all the drum parts.
The riff-est in “Regeneration” is more prototypical of some of the Gothenburg metal bands and perhaps that fact reigns big on this song because the record was produced by Tomas Johansson at the world famous Panic Room Studios in Sweden, which have worked with bands like Scar Symmetry for instance.