Review Summary: Progressive in more ways than one, and powerful despite weak production.
Adramelch is a power/progressive metal band from Italy.
Adramelch features a very unique style in this kind of music.
It differs from regular power metal and, with it's progressive half, gains a more mature, more NWOBHM kind of sound.
A band like that would most likely take some time to click with you but, in my case, it was love at first riff.
That first riff being the opening riff to "Fearful Visions".That track is an absolute masterpiece.
The riffing is flawless, the bass is strong, the drums fit like a glove and the vocals are absolutely insane. This is pretty much as close to perfection as it gets.
It is pretty obvious that speed metal was a major influence on Adramelch. To be even more precise; the German, more melodic version of speed metal.Adramelch played speed metal infused with progressive rock and progressive metal. That and some church music you will find played in the many cathedrals in Italy. It is a special mix of metal Adramelch did on this album.The best tracks here by far is Zephirus and the title track. Both tracks draws in a lot of influences from other genres. There is a couple of slightly dubious tracks here too. But this is still a very good album which should really appeal to the progressive metal fan out there
The one downfall of this album is the guitar tone; it’s a bit weak and at times it fails to pick up some of the riffs.This is a minor complaint because the songwriting does not lack through the album. I do highly recommend an intense listen on headphones or a very nice system because the production can water down some of the riffs; however, when the riffs finally hit, you will be crushed!